Have you ever felt like there was a divide between your work, and the rest of your life?
Experts say we need more work/life balance. That we need to leave our work at the door, and create more boundaries and limits. (I say screw the experts, be your own authority.)
What if creating more boundaries was actually counterproductive? Maybe the answer isn't trying to compartmentalize our work further so it doesn't "poison" the rest of our lives. Maybe the answer isn't to bandaid the symptoms, but to look at the deeper cause of the imbalance.
What if instead of creating neat little boxes for each area of our life, we tried to eliminate the distinctions as much as possible?
While helping guide hundreds of people to create a livelihood doing what they love, I've found that most people do not want to be able to tell the difference between when they're working and when they're playing. The experts tout separation to find solace and balance. But what people really crave is integration and for labor and leisure to be almost indistinguishable.
Unfortunately, there aren't many jobs that will fulfill this desire. So, if you want to get paid to be who you are, you'll probably have to create your own livelihood. There are three steps and three questions to ask yourself as you embark upon this journey of work/life fulfillment.
Step No. 1
Ask yourself: What am I deeply passionate about? What could I talk about for hours without tiring, and explore for years without end in sight?
Step No. 2
Ask yourself: What can I offer to the world? Where does my passion line up with what other people need?
Step No. 3
Ask yourself: What's incredibly easy for me? How does my story make me uniquely qualified to help people with this?
Of course, the next step is to find the intersection, and build it. Create a blog, share your story. Cultivate a burning desire to serve, and cultivate your skills to become a leader in your topic.
And don't try to make it happen. Know that it will happen and it's just a matter of time.
Walls and compartments are made for machines and kitchen cabinets. Neither of which you are. Your purpose is to become who you are, and make a living doing it.
We're waiting for you to build it. When will you start?