You know those sayings that you hear and automatically consider truth because they sound or feel right?
They are neat. The are tidy. And they happen to make sense within the paradigm that we live in. Elementary school students rattle them off when they get home from school.
But…those things also have to be fact checked.
Every Tuesday I will present you with a “truthy” and we will dissect it to find out what the actual truth is and how it applies to your life.
First, what is a truthy?
Truthiness is a quality characterizing a “truth” that a person claims to know intuitively ”from the gut” or because it “feels right” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.> Stephen Colbert is the one who really put the word “truthy” on the map.> (Wikipedia)
Today’s Truthy: You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need. -The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger wailed it in front of thousands of fans. Our parents hummed along with it when it came on the classic rock station while driving to soccer practice. We heard it so many times ourselves that we know the words. The words almost seem like truth just by mere repetition. When it comes to designing the life that you want, this is most definitely a “truthy.” Your gut says, “that sounds about right” and if you think about it a while it really starts to hit home that it is the way you think about your career. You probably majored in something that was fairly practical or had a trajectory that you could follow towards a certain level of prestige. You likely spent your first few years as a working person doing grunt work, in hopes that you
The truth: You can get what you want. As far as careers go, you can have the job you love and get paid for it. You don’t have to wait for your job to get better, or strain your brain trying to enjoy something you don’t enjoy. You don’t have to force your round peg in that square hole. Forget the prestige, forget what your risk averse parents want for you, forget what you majored in in college. Find out what you love doing and make it a point to figure out a way to get there.
Paul Graham, angel investor, the founder of the startup incubator Y Combinator, gives two routes to getting to your dream job!
The organic route: as you become more eminent, gradually to increase the parts of your job that you like at the expense of those you don’t. A perfect example is the architect who works his way up the ladder doing grunt work and once she gets there, she is able to choose the projects she wants to take on. And can possibly focus on a more specific type of projects that she enjoys working on.
The two-job route: to work at things you don’t like to get money to work on things you do. This is the typical having a day job to pay the bills while you work nights on that innovative computer the size of your thumb.
Let’s Talk About You
What route do you need to take to get to a place where you can have what you want–a job that you love, that also pays the bills?
Are you currently in a job that can be modified to do more of what you love and less of the other stuff?
Or is there a way to switch within the same company to a different role that suits you?
Or, are you wanting to become a fiction writer and you are currently a legal assistant? In that case, you might just have to get crackin’ after work!
Kick the “truthy” in the teeth. If you need some help finding your way click here! I’d love to journey with you!