Why didn't I think of that before?!

I found this article from a Linkedin discussion (of all places) with the caption, “Why do some people settle for ‘making a living’ or ‘making a killing’ when they could be ‘making a difference’?”

That’s not a rhetorical question. This BizShifts-Trends article gets at the root of this issue—why do people “settle” for unfulfilling work? It seems so counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?

If you’re caught up in the typical American view of work you may say you’re ‘making a living’ when in truth something inside you is being killed each day.  Every day, millions of people rush to get to jobs they don’t love and yet those people defend their choices as responsible, practical, and realistic. How can it be responsible to live the biggest part of our lives devoid of meaning, joy, and purpose?

How, indeed! For most readers, the excerpt above, if not the whole article, will probably strike a chord because most of them (the self-fashioned “99%”) live this kind of life, or used to before they lost it. They hate Mondays (no, the actual day, not America’s beloved boogie man), watch the clock tick away before lunchtime, and rush home at 5 o’clock (or 6, 7, 8…) on the dot into the welcoming arms of rush hour(s). Sounds so familiar, and it feels so inescapable…

But! the article sagely proclaims, “‘Making a living’ does not need to be eking out survival at an underwhelming job. It can and should mean literally what it says; ‘making a life’ with all the most energetic and interactive tools at our disposal.” And then like a great Oracle, it gives the secret to attaining this success: Continue reading