Get Out Of Your Way

I was approached by a friend the other day who wanted help deciding on a life opportunity. My friend, 38, is considering leaving a stable job that she has been crafting for 18 years to pursue her passion of writing. She wants to devote her life, full-time, to becoming an author. She said she just couldn’t take the robotic interpretation her professional life had become and although very lucrative, didn’t want to stifle her passion one more day. I don’t know if she approached ME because she thought I would agree with her or maybe talk her out of it, but I have a strong opinion on the subject of professional passion.

The wonderful thing about life is that every day presents new opportunities. I always thought it odd that we are expected to know our professional life course by the time we are a sophomore in college. The powers that be convince us to “declare our major” and follow a course study which will lead us to a future in our chosen career. Although many follow this plan and it works nicely for them, most people I know who have a college degree, are not working in the chosen field of study. Some, like me, are lucky enough to find their professional heart early in life and never deviate. We spend most of our day involved in our jobs so it only makes sense to love what we do. It is never too late to change course and become fulfilled. We are only stopped by our own doubts and fears. My favorite quote of all time came from the late, Steve Jobs:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

I may not present my thoughts as eloquently as Steve Jobs, but I understand those words and I live those words. If I could give one wish to everyone I love it would be to follow your heart in everything you do.  Life is fun! We can become whatever we want to be personally and professionally. Every day presents us the opportunity to change, no matter what our age or status. I have picked some songs that mean something to the artist, to me and to you. These are songs that encourage conquering fear and embracing change. I hope today finds you happy. If you’ve been thinking about making a change, maybe these songs will help you move in a positive direction. Some may feel a bit corny or cliche but, at one time or another, they have empowered us. Thank you for your contributions to the playlist today. And remember, “You’re the master of your own destiny, so give and take the best that you can.”

Playlist–Get Out Of Your Way (Listen)

“Solsbury Hill”- Peter Gabriel

“Do You Realize?”-Flaming Lips

“Watching The Wheels”-John Lennon

“Hungry Heart”-Bruce Springsteen

“What’s Going On”-Marvin Gaye

“Live Like You Were Dying”-Tim McGraw

“Fight The Good Fight”-Triumph

“Beautiful Day”-U2

“Three Little Birds”-Bob Marley & The Wailers

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    1. Scott Perry says:

      Thx. Needed a little pick-me-up this Monday morning! Your friend should totally go for her dreams!

    2. Maria says:

      I left my stable, well paying job of twelve years to pursue my dream job over two years ago. I was so miserable going in every day doing something that meant absolutely nothing to me. I haven’t looked back once since leaving. I say if anyone can afford to make the jump, then jump! You won’t regret it!

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