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I know what I am good at. I may not have always known but I realized it after a series of “wannabees” that never materialized.

It started when I was maybe a junior in high school. I loved dancing. Went to dancing classes for years. Decided I wanted to “be a dancer”. Now, try telling a nun,who was my career counsellor you want to be a dancer. I was terrified of her response especially when she told me my plan was not “do-able”. “You’re much too short to be a dancer,” she offered, as though she had spent her life in the entertainment industry.

 

Fast forward several years later and after a switch in college majors(from another wannabe indecision) I end up in a therapy field.  Spent my first gig working in the school system and really enjoyed my job and WAS REALLY GOOD AT IT, but got bored and moved on to the same field but now in a business of my own. I had to market, interview, hire/fire, promote, represent and do therapy and you know what,  I WAS REALLY GOOD AT IT,  and created a great income stream as a result. Yet after two decades, the passion was simply not there to wear the hats and sustain the knowledge  I needed to continue to grow…so once again I changed direction, this time into coaching.

Now 11 years later, I realize something I always share with my clients. It debunks a career myth that says to be good at something you must be passionate. PHOOEY!

YOU CAN BE DAMN GOOD AT SOMETHING AND STILL NOT HAVE ANY REAL PASSION FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Think about the teachers who are excellent at teaching and yet count the days to the weekend, summer vacation or retirement.

Think about the architect who has an exceptionally keen eye for aspiring designs but who spends all his “free time” trying to kickstart a  dog training business, or the health care administrator who has managed to save her organization countless dollars in cost cutting measures kept awake at night not by insurance issues but because she is designing her own line of jewlery.

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Comment by Kathy on October 29, 2015 at 6:41am

Thanks for reading, Tom. Side Hustles often make the difference in getting through a job you dislike. BTW...he's about to go full time into the dog training business by the first of the year!

Comment by Tom Henricksen on October 29, 2015 at 6:33am

Great points Kathy! I like how you walk us through your career changes and re-aligning. I think some of us need a side hustle like the architect you talk about to explore other things.

Comment by Kathy on October 28, 2015 at 9:04pm

Thank you for reading, Ann. Yes, this is something I learned to appreciate.

Comment by Ann Musico on October 28, 2015 at 2:53pm

"passion and being good at something can be two entirely different entitties" That is very encouraging news Kathy! Thank you for highlighting that distinction.

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