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Passion Vs. A Paycheck: Can You Have Both?

Source | LinkedIn : By Liz Ryan

Dear Liz,

I’m at a career crossroads, I guess. I didn’t expect to be in this spot because I have a good job. My job has been the most secure thing in my life for six years. I work for a commercial lending firm. I never really consciously chose a career path. I fell into one.

I’m not sure that ten years ago I would have predicted that I would have a respectable, well-paying job at this point in my life but I do.

My job is fine but there’s no flame in it, as you would say. My life has been very settled for the past five years since I got divorced. My ex-wife and I were married for four years.

We married very young and just never gelled as a couple. When we broke up I went completely into the work vortex. I worked all the time.

Last year my dad had a heart attack and it was a real shocker and a wake-up call. My dad got healthy and lost weight and I started working out with him. Our relationship is the best now it’s ever been and we hang out together which we never used to do.

I made a promise to myself at the start of 2015 that I’d try three new things during the year. Sounds corny I know but I was in a deep rut. I did nothing except work and sleep.

One of the new things I did in 2015 was to go to a Meetup meeting. I went to a blogger meetup because I was thinking about starting a blog. I didn’t know anyone there.

These particular bloggers were very nice but super technical and I had no idea what they were talking about. I walked up to a pretty young woman and said “Hi, I’m Jonah, and what’s your name?” which is not like me at all. I am pretty reserved.

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