We don’t have to Choose between Money & Meaning.
Published by Elephant Journal on September 8, 2016
“Work is love made visible.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
I love talking to people about what sort of work truly lights them up.
However, as a career coach, I frequently notice a pattern that stops people in their tracks.
At its core, this pattern is based on the common cultural belief that we have to choose between money and meaning.
According to this belief, we can either have:
a) a safe, but unfulfilling, career (“good employee” archetype), or
b) live our passion, but be in a precarious financial situation (“starving artist” archetype).
For instance, those who choose the first option may feel like their path is slowly killing their soul. In this situation, they may either decide to stay on their current path for financial reasons, or, alternatively, they may decide to “take the plunge” by following their heart. Yet once they have chosen option b) instead, they often find themselves worrying about their ability to pay the bills.
Whenever we are stuck between two bad choices, we don’t really have a choice; we have a dilemma. The way to move beyond this dilemma is to find a third choice—“the better way.” This third option consists of something that takes us beyond the dilemma we are facing and into a better place.
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