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Do You Work for Passion or a Paycheck?

2 Apr

A comment on my recent post about How Unemployment “Failure” can Lead to Success, got me thinking more about whether it’s better to pursue a “safe” career path, or really follow your passion. When you are unemployed, any job with a decent paycheck starts to look appealing, and it seems self-indulgent to want something more than just a decent living in this economy. 

But, my favorite success stories about people surviving unemployment are the stories where people really follow their passion and end up on a totally different path. I realize that this isn’t for everyone, but if you are going to spend a significant amount of your time working, wouldn’t you like to enjoy your job, or even love your job? Continue reading

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Istanbul, Worldly Views, and 4 Resources for Changing Course

16 Mar

I have done a lot of traveling the past several years which has been amazing. It really has changed my perspective on a lot of things in my life. For example, when I read in the newspaper about the protests in Bangkok or politics in Istanbul, I pay more attention to these stories now. The news is no longer a passing headline to me, but it means something to me.I can picture the area where the protests took place in Bangkok, because I have been there.  I can better understand stories of politics in Turkey because I have made connections with the people there. And if I  read about a country that I haven’t been to, I read the story with more wonder, and questions about what it is like to live there. Travel opens the world up to you. If you have ever been fortunate enough to hear the hauntingly beautiful call to prayer in Istanbul or elsewhere, it changes you.

While the traveling has changed me in so many positive ways, in some ways it has made plotting my course forward more difficult. I am not the same person that I was before I did all of this traveling, and figuring out how to change course has been challenging. My struggle with unemployment, has been not just about finding a job, but about how to create a different life for myself. Continue reading

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