Are You Pursuing Your Passion?

by Joe Lavelle on May 23, 2010

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In my work as a career coach, I encourage people to find a profession for which they have true passion.  You will be more motivated to accelerate to the heights of your potential and get more enjoyment out of the other important relationships in your life if you are involved in work for which you believe you have a calling.  I am sure that most of you would agree that a job that energizes and challenges you carries over to how you act at home around your loved ones, and the opposite holds true as well.  So, are you loving your life today?

The CNN Money website recently shared the story of Gary Buslik, who walked away from his $500,000 salary as the owner of an alarm company to become an English literature teacher.  Although he graduated with a degree in English, Buslik went decades without directly using this area of study.  So, when he turned fifty, Buslik decided to sell his business and return to school to earn his Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He graduated from the school three years ago and now teaches part-time at his alma mater, earning a salary of $13,500, while also writing books.

Gary Buslik left a lucrative and comfortable future to follow his passion.  He may no longer enjoy the salary and the material lifestyle to which he had become accustomed, but it seems evident that he now  fulfilled by the way in which he chooses to spend his days.  You cannot put a price tag on that.

Have you left one profession to follow your true passion in another?  Or, is there a career that you long to pursue but, for one reason or another, have yet to make that leap?

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