What Should I Do For a Living?

When it comes to how to decide what to do in life, I believe author Marsha Sinetar got the decision ball rolling with her book, ”Do What you Love, The Money Will Follow.” The author and speaker believes that what you do in life, including your work, should contribute to your happiness, joy, and fulfillment.

When Sinetar’s book was published almost 20 years ago, Career Counselors went gaga over the authors philosophy and began advising clients—both job-seekers and employees who were 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.”

Fast-forward to today and you’ll find some career “experts” pooh-poohing Sinetar’s advice as old hat and no longer applicable in today’s troubled job market.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. But there’s never a good reason to give up on “discovering your bliss,” another career counseling nugget.

As a job finding coach who was a career counselor around the time Sinetar’s book was published, it has been my experience that the author’s advice about doing what you love is as true in today as it was during the era of Ronald Reagan. Sinetar points out an eternal truth when she writes, “a burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power—a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start again after a disappointment.”

It just takes longer these days to realize your work goals. That’s 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 don’t believe the prophets of doom.

“Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals,” writes Sinetar in her book. Think of all the barriers you’ll encounter along the way as steppingstones leading to the kind of work you feel passionate about.

You can learn  “How to Discover and Develop Your Hidden Talents,” in my new book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.”

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. 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.