Job Searching and Passion Seeking

"A fulfilling career helps cultivate a fulfilling life, both for ourselves and those around us. When we are fulfilled in our careers, this happiness positively contributes to our family, friendships, we become more engaged in our communities, and we help create a better world!"
-- Sean Aiken, author of The One-Week Job  Project

I just finished reading The One-Week Job Project by Sean Aiken, a guy who, a few years ago, had no idea what he wanted to do with his life, so he embarked on a year-long journey in which he tried out a new job each week: 52 jobs in 52 weeks.  During his search he learned the importance of loving what you do, and that the main factors contributing to it are the people with whom you work and the feeling that the work you do is significant.  He found that to be true across a myriad of jobs, including baker, day-trader, dairy farmer, small business owner and even a firefighter.  He figured out his passion is the exploration of it all, while helping others to find their own passion; now he tours across North America speaking to students and other groups and helping others across the world start their own one-week job projects.

What I learned from his book is a reinforcement of what I've been learning in the 17 months since I've been out of work: it is worth it to make the effort in finding what will bring you joy, despite the fear and uncertainty that may come with it.  Letting fear hold you back from finding your true passion may keep you in the place you think is most 'safe', but as I've learned, nothing is safe or certain, and I'd rather be uncertain and joyful than feeling miserable in a false sense of security.  My lesson is to become comfortable with uncertainty, comfortable with the discomfort of trying something new, and doing it anyway, regardless of what others (or the judgmental voice in my own head) may say or think.

I've been visiting several art galleries in the Sacramento area, inquiring about job opportunities, and I finally got some positive feedback last Wednesday at a gallery on Del Paso Blvd.  I spoke to the managing director, Bryan, who said he may need assistance in the near future.  We spoke extensively about what I was looking for and what he needed.  It was a very promising conversation and I left feeling confident that something may come out of it.  It seemed like an environment where I could learn a lot about the field and make valuable contacts.  It may start off in a volunteer capacity only, but I'd be learning and gaining experience, which I could build upon.  I plan to follow up today to find out how my resume was received.

Here are some more quotes about work and passion; you can find more at:

I believe you are your work. Don’t trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That’s a rotten bargain. – Rita Mae Brown

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. – Nietzsche

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. 
- Buddha