I had to share the following column my friend Jean Chatzky wrote yesterday that was distributed across the country…I could not agree more.  You’ve it hear from me before…but as Jean outlines…it’s about following the career passion…or creating some sense of passion in your current job.  And it’s all dependent upon, yep, you guessed it – mentorship, mentorship and more mentorship.  A career transition or a tweak to an existing job doesn’t happen over night.  And as I tell all my career coaching clients, you have to find a mentor either at your current workplace or in your desire new vocation in order to successfully transition.  YOU CAN DO IT!  Now, here’s Jean’s wonderful article…..  


Brian Kurth



Published: April 9, 2009

My college friend Susan went through a stretch where she couldn’t stand her job, and she had this saying, “That’s why they have to pay you. If it was fun, you’d do it for free.” I’d nod and egg her on. We’ve certainly all had our bad days. Some of us have had bad months and bad years.

After immersing myself in the research for my new book, “The Difference,” however, I think Susan and I were wrong. We are paid for our jobs because what we do is of value. However, that doesn’t mean our work can’t be fun, stimulating, energizing or satisfying.

I believe that people who are passionate about what they do reach financial comfort and wealth more often than those who are not. This presents us with two options: Finding your passion and pursuing it or becoming passionate about what you’re already pursuing.

In a troubling economy like this one, the latter option may be wiser, but let’s take a look at the first option.



  • How to do what you love.The first step is to identify those passions that may be on your list and those that most definitely are not. Asking yourself these following questions can help you figure that out:

1) If money were not an issue, what would you be doing with your life?

2) When you go to the magazine racks or the library, what do you most like to read about? (What do you find yourself searching for on the Internet?)

3) Think about the last few times you said to yourself, “I’d like to try that sometime.” What was “that”?

4) What do other people say you do particularly well?

5) Think back to when you were 10 or 12 and try to recall how it felt to be really excited about some possibility. What could you do today that might make you feel the same way?

Once you’ve nailed down what your passion is, can you envision yourself building a livelihood from it? What lengths will you go to to make your endeavor a success? To figure this out, don’t quit your day job just yet. Instead, work on the new business on the side until you know that it’s realistic and profitable. And in the interim, get the word out and see if you can gather any proceeds for your new venture to supplement an actual launch.



  • How to love what you do.

If following your dreams isn’t quite feasible, the alternative is to find some happiness, some fresh interest, in the work you’re doing right now. It’s certainly possible.

So the question becomes: How do you find the calling in your job? First, forge a personal connection with your boss. If you’re working for someone you feel is charismatic or inspirational, you’ll likely want to perform better in that person’s eyes.

Learn to embrace autonomy while you work. Making decisions for yourself throughout the day is key to feeling good about the work you do, no matter what kind of work it is. Research has shown you’ll be happier at work if you can make your own mark.

Last, while you’re going through this process of finding the satisfaction in your work, it truly helps if you stay uplifted. If you act like you’re having fun, you’ll find you are having fun.

Jean Chatzky is an editor-at-large at Money magazine and serves as AOL’s official Money Coach. She is the personal finance editor for NBC’s “Today” show. Her Web site is http://www.jeanchatzky.com.