“That could be an existential wail, self-indulgent musing – or the beginning of real transformation.”
Po Bronson Fast Company, April 2009.
Mr. Bronson has a few myths he wants to “bust through” as it relates to the question, “What should I do with my life now?” Here are three (‘job’ can equally mean ‘business’):
“Myth 2: All it takes is passion.
I call this the Modern Dream Machine Industry. Media companies have made a killing selling content – number-one example: The Secret – that makes false claims that you can just dust off your fantasies and live your dream. This is selling transformation irresponsibly…
“Myth 3: Your dream has no sucky parts.
I call this the Fallacy of Intrinsic Fit. There’s this notion that you should love the mere act of what you do so much that just by virtue of it being Monday morning and you’re at work, neuro-transmitters of joy will drip on your brain all day.
That is not how real people do it. All jobs have things you hate about them. But real people feel fulfilled enough by the overall purpose that the crummy parts are worth it.
“Myth 5: There is “the one.”
There is no one perfect thing each of us is meant to do on this planet.
…For each of us, there are dozens, even hundreds of careers any one of which could provide a sense of meaning and goodness. The biggest mistake is being seduced by the myth that you’re looking for the right answer, as if there were only one. Your calling is something you grow into by having an impact on your organization and your community…one enters a phase of “positive feedback experience” which makes you feel good about being where you are.”
Given the challenging economic times and fears going around like the flu, sometimes it’s possible to think your way to a better place. Even if it takes a little shock therapy.
You take on these ‘myths’?