Here's a question I was asked recently, and my response.
Is following your bliss always a good idea? As job seekers assess
their career paths, many may be tempted to finally follow their
dreams. However, are there certain instances when following
your bliss is a bad idea? For instance: When you would be
making substantially less than you once did? When you have a
child close to college age? When you are close to retirement?
When your target industry is on shaky ground or is saturated?
Great question! However, it is based on an
assumption I've come to realize is flawed.
As a passion profit coach, I'm in the business
of helping people to discover, develop and profit from their
passions--i.e. their bliss. Earning less money, having dependent
children, being close to retirement--these are all practical
considerations and one would be justified in assuming that
everyone's bliss-centered decision is governed by them.
However, what I've found is that when many
people reach a point where they are seriously considering
following their bliss, it's no longer about practicality. They are
seeking fulfillment, happiness, freedom and purpose in their
lives. It's often the case (in my own, for instance) where one's
income drops when one transitions from nine-to-five
employment to becoming a full-time "passionpreneur." However,
in the minds of those individuals committed to living true to
themselves, there's often a tradeoff between income and
happiness, between practicality and passion, between security
and freedom, between--if you like-- boredom and bliss!
There are, indeed, stories of people with
children, with mortgages, close to retirement who have jumped
into the pursuit of their passion and bliss despite the odds and
overwhelming apparent impracticality and succeeded!
So, to answer the question, sometimes it's not
a good idea to follow your bliss not because these
considerations make it impractical or impossible, but if YOU, the
individual hold them to be. We are not ruled by our
Look to your passion!
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