How to find out if you are passionate about your career or if you are just wilfing
I was reading an interesting post about a new weblogism  called ‘wilfing‘. “What was I looking for?” describes getting trapped in an Internet rats nest – you had good intentions of doing a work related search but the siren call of the Internet was too much and you went off on a tangent (*cough* It’s all Google Reader’s fault *cough*).
In The Art of Happiness At Work  they state that “A third of people see their work as a job, a third as a career, a third as a calling.” The go on to say that it is more a reflection of the attitudes of the worker than inherent qualities of the job. Books like What Color is Your Parachute are devoted to helping people find a calling instead of a job. To paraphrase my friend AJ : I’d rather spend my life failing at something I love instead of being successful at something I hate (or worse, something that filled me with apathy).
With post graduate studies we often set our feet down a career path without having a real idea of the satisfaction we’ll get from it. The simplest way I have found to discover if your following a calling, pursuing a career or working at a job is to pick up a well written textbook  related to your field and try to read it. Do you enter a state of flow or is it a chore?
That answers your question. Pursuing a calling comes from following a passion that truly interests you. And it is the only thing that will enrich every aspect of your life.
- Weblogisms are neologisms focused on the Internet. Neologisms are newly / deliberately coined expressions.
- Despite being written by the Dali Lama, the Art of Happiness at Work isn’t worth reading. Skimming over the excerpts here will give you most of the wisdom it contains.
- I think someone else more famous said it first, but I can’t remember who it was.
- I say well written because there are some writers who can make anything boring. And yes, I do realize that I’m sometimes one of them :)