Find the MAP to a happier professional life by finding a career that combines money, ability and passion.
Ever overhear the saying, “Do what you love, and the money will follow?” Well, it’s an important concept. Okay, sometimes it feels like it doesn’t work. Maybe what you love to do isn’t as lucrative as you had hoped it would be. But that’s no reason to give up. It just may mean that to find money and passion in a career you love; you need to have a different perspective.
Look at the Intersection of Money, Ability and Passion
If you want to find the MAP (money, ability and passion) to a happier professional life, first, you need to see where they intersect. Start by defining three things: what you are good at, what you enjoy doing and what will bring you an income. No, it’s not always easy. However, it can be done.
Start by creating a list of the things you are good at doing, whether organizing events or cooking for 20. Next, make a list of all the subjects you are passionate about. It might include things like sports, the environment, helping others or eating healthy. Very often, what you’re good at is the same thing you’re passionate about.
Finally, compare the two lists and find commonalities. For instance, if you said you’re good at cooking and your passion is eating healthy, then the next move is finding careers where you can combine your ability and desire for earning a living. It is at this intersection where you find complete happiness in your career.
Explore Opportunities to Expand with a Slash Career
Even though you may have found a great career that you’re passionate about, you may find it doesn’t provide the financial reward you seek. Rather than give it up, there is another option. Try a “slash” career. A slash careerist is someone who makes a living from more than one talent and/or passion.
According to Marci Alboher, a lawyer turned journalist/speaker/writing coach, in her book, One Person/Multiple Careers, “slash careers often grow out of unusual work arrangements and in part because people tend to add slashes out of passion rather than obligation.”
Some of the slash careers that people add to their current jobs include:
So using the previous example of cooking and eating healthy, perhaps you have a catering business or work as a chef at a health-food restaurant, plus you teach nutrition and develop health-conscious recipes for a book. It’s up to you to find the right combination. However, one of the best ways to find a slash career is by looking at virtual, flexible, and hourly opportunities. Careers in teaching, writing, speaking and consulting are some of the most popular and flexible slash careers.
Keep in mind that the terminal goal is to find the intersection of your MAP. And once you do, then you need to turn them into a career you love.