I just finished Chris Guillebeau’s ‘Born For This’, a book which wrestles with a powerful question:
What does it take for each individual to get to the point where they’re truly doing what they love?
There’s quite a few gems within these pages, but a section which grabbed me in particular was a segment dedicated to the concept of finding ‘joy-money’flow’. In the author’s words:
Most of us want a balanced life full of work that brings happiness and prosperity. As much as possible, we want to do something we enjoy. We want to put our skills to good use. And ideally, we don’t want to face a false choice between love or money—we’d like to do what we love and be well compensated for it.
Put simply, here’s what we’re looking for:
Something that makes us happy (joy)
Something that’s financially viable (money)
Something that maximizes our unique skills (flow)
The goal of finding the work you’re ‘born’ for, then, is to find the right combination of these three ‘somethings’. If you have only joy and money, you feel unfulfilled. If you find only joy and flow, you may stave. If you find only flow and money, you have success but no purpose.
No matter where you are in life, this is a good exercise: What would it look like, from your unique perspective, to find all three?