I’ve had this book for years now and have read it many times. I just find it so inspirational! I’ve always believed that the work that you do should come from a place of passion and not one of desperate need or societies acceptance. I’m not going to lie, I have really struggled with finding the right career path for me. I wanted to try a little bit of everything that interested me before settling on a path. In my journey, I’ve learnt that I’m in love with Personal Development and Self-Help books such as this one.
In the book “Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow“, Marsha Sinetar gives real life examples of people, who were in miserable careers, that took control of their lives and went after what they were really passionate about. She also has examples of people who had difficult upbringings that decided that they weren’t going to let their past dictate how their future was going to look.
Something that really stood out for me in this book was the chapter titled, “Dealing With the Big R: Resistance”. This hit close to home for me because I’ve felt this resistance with blogging for the past 5 years. She calls resistance “the subtle inner mechanism that urges us to back away from life’s difficulties and demands”. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been through this. It’s when you embark on a new project and you’re all excited, but then all the doubts start flooding in. You know what you need to do, but then you begin to procrastinate. The longer you put it off, the harder it becomes to start it up again, and then you just quit. Or in my case, just take really long breaks before picking it up again.
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So how do we deal with resistance? Well, it takes courage. What you’re dealing with is the expectations that others have for you. You don’t want to let them down, but you also know they won’t understand your choices. In this example, the choice being your career. I know my mom would love for me to get a job (preferably in a hospital), get married and have kids, all within the next 2 years. That is definitely the pull that I am feeling from her, but I stay strong and stay on my own course. Even though the resistance is there, I believe that there is something else that I should be doing with my life than just following in her path.
In her book, Marsha Sinetar mentions a Psychiatrist Robert Lindner, who is famous for his research on the benefits of “positive rebellion”. This is from her book:
“Lindner categorized successful rebels as “all those who managed, by their own efforts, to transcend the barriers society erects for the controlling over the nonconforming””.
I love this and I really feel like this is what our generation is all about. With the help of the internet, we’ve been able to create new career paths that are completely unknown to our parents and the older generation. Being a YouTube Star, Blogger or Instagram Model, are all completely new things. With these outlets, we have a choice to go after what we are really passionate about and be acknowledged for it. Isn’t that amazing?
She delves deeper into being your true self, working towards your own goals and eventually the money will follow. Follow your heart, do the work and the money will follow. Don’t continue to chase the money, because that will lead to a life of unfulfillment. Instead figure out what you are truly passionate about and chase it through all the difficulties that may arise. I promise you it will be worth it!
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I do suggest reading this book more if you’re one of the people who can’t figure out a career path, hate their current job or just love self-help as much as I do! I’ve read this book 3 times now and I find value from it every time. I’m sure you will too!
p.s. and remember, no matter what stage you are at in your journey,