Do what you like well enough
February 7, 2012 8:11 AM Subscribe
Do you like your job? Do you like your job despite it not being related to your "passion"? (Maybe you don't have a "passion".) How did you find your way into that job?
posted by doift to Work & Money (33 answers total) 68 users marked this as a favorite
As someone who doesn't have a driving passion, who has a lot of shallow interests that tend not to translate into marketable skills, and whose marketable skills have taken me five years into a career that promises to be stressful/unsatisfying/low-paying, I'm curious how people like me find work that they like. In a previous discussion on the green, someone linked to this Penelope Trunk post
that I found quite interesting, arguing against the idea of "do what you love". But her conclusion, "just do something and have good relationships" isn't really doing it for me. Is it unreasonable to hope to do something you don't mind doing for 40+ of your waking hours per week?
How did you get there? Was it just a matter of finding things you like in the jobs you can get? Trying different jobs until something sticks (which seems impractical nigh unto impossible in the current market, and especially in the US where health insurance is a major factor)? Falling into something tolerable by chance?