Love what you do and do what you love

What you choose to do in your worklife should bring you happiness, joy, and fullfillment. That’s the philosophy of doing what you love and the money will eventually follow.

This is why career counselofs often advise their job-finding clients who are sick and tired of doing the same old same old—to “follow your passion,” “follow your bliss,” and “Do what you love and the money will follow.”

However, you’ll find some career “experts” pooh-poohing this advice as old hat and no longer applicable in today’s troubled job market. The naysayers believe the career nuggets quoted above will set you up to feel like a failure if you don’t achieve your goal. Well, this has always been the case in job markets both good and bad. And the fastest way to find a job in any market is through networking. Also in any job market, there’s never a good reason to give up on “discovering your bliss,” another career counseling nugget.

It has has been my experience as a job finding coach that employees who do what they love are the happiest campers. Working at something that really turns you on, gives you a reason to get up every morning or to keep on keeping on when you run into barriers. And think of the barriers you’ll encounter along the way as steppingstones leading to the kind of work you feel passionate about.

It  takes longer these days to realize your work goals because jobs are harder to come by. Even if the job you did yesterday no longer exists today, you can apply your passion in another field where your skills can be transferred. So never give up and always seek the kind of work you’re passionate about.

You’ll learn some tricks of the trade about how to find out what you want to do and are best at doing In my book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.”

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.