I was browsing through some of Alicia's answers to question memes over at TwilightCafe and I thought to myself, hey, why not create one with a career passion focus?
And then I thought (get this!), I don't know - why not? So here it is.
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What kind of work would you do if you got paid in the juice you get from your job, rather than money? (i.e., what jobs would light your fire in a big way?)
Well, this might sound like the easy way out, but the truth is I'd be a Passion Catalyst. I love what I do, and if my pay came from the energy I get from my work, I'd be rich, rich, rich! My work touches so many of the pieces that are core to what makes me tick. It's got both an exploration and discovery element (to keep my attention) and a social good element (to feed my do-gooder), both of which are huge pieces of where I get my energy.
That said, there are always opportunities for improvement. More opportunities to get paid to travel, for example (I'm a travel junkie). One of the facets of my Passion Catalyst work that I'm building is the professional speaking side of the house. As that grows, so will my travel opportunities.
If you had to choose a career that had nothing to do with any of the work you've done thus far in your career, what would would it be?
I was going to say travel photography, but the more I thought about it, the more that didn't quite cut it. I realized there needed to be more of a people element to it. Not just recording the action, but meaningful interaction. I would love to somehow tell people's stories. Making documentaries would be incredible.
For a long time I've wanted to go down to Oaxaca, Mexico and interview some of the older Zapotecs (an indigenous group) I know, capture their memories, and weave it together with a blend of modern day Zapotec life, history, and culture. But it's not just the historical aspect that makes the idea groove for me - it's the people's stories.
So basically, I'd love to tell people's stories. Get in deep and interact with them, draw their stories out. Find the really cool pieces and fit them all together.
Hmmmm...does that count as a career? ;)
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
* A horse jockey
* A zoologist
* An actor
* A photographer
* A doctor
* A lawyer
List five things you love doing, work or play.
* Travel photography
* Creating art with paper and light
* Finding out about people - asking questions
* Rock climbing
Pick one of those things. Why is that so much fun?
Travel photography. I love the fact that you're always looking at something new, or trying to see a new way of looking at something. There's that element of exploration and discovery to it, which is huge for me. That element of discovery gives me this constant stimulation of something new. That stimulation of the new, in turn, helps me stay focused on whatever it is that I'm doing (I've got the attention span of a gnat, so I need that frequent reinforcement for me to stay interested and engaged).
What do you like most about your current job?
I love being able to experience so many people's lives vicariously in my work with clients. I love to see the change in how people see their lives, and the fire that lights as they begin to see what's possible. Pure juice, baby!
What do you like the least about your current job?
The fact that I'm flying solo means I'm both the visionary and the detail guy. Anyone who knows me knows that the little details are NOT my forte. And I have an unfortunate tendency to stick my head in the sand and pretend the things I don't enjoy doing don't exist. Hey, we all have our demons! ;) I'm workin' on it!
Passion Catalyst SM