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Happiness Is Doing What You Love

Updated on February 11, 2018
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Lifelong learner, musician, author, world traveler, truth enthusiast, and all around bon vivant.

Doing What You Love, and Loving What you Do

What do you do for a living? Do you have a job, or a career? Can you honestly say you “love” what you are doing? People coming out of college will try to find a career in their field, and feel lucky if they find something close. Others will just take the first good paying job they can find, and hunker down to the daily grind. Then they will stick with it, even if they no longer like their chosen occupational path. They feel that they’ve invested too much to change.

In any case, over time people become more concerned with paying the bills and job security than with doing something they “love.” They settle, instead, for something they don’t actively hate. If you are like most people who are in a career you don’t love, you will vent to your friends, but worry about making any actual changes for fear of losing your paycheck in the process.

Here is some good news for you: it doesn’t have to be like that! What you need is come advice and guidance on how to break out of your rut, and find a better match for your interests, skills, and values. And as a result, lead a more satisfying life.

An Interesting and Compelling Framework

Wouldn’t you like it if someone could take you from wherever you find yourself on the career continuum, through a process that will help you consciously choose the contributions you want to make, to ultimately finding your next dream job? Fortunately for you, there is a book that does exactly that.

In his book, Mike Gellman uses an “interesting and compelling framework,” which is the unlikely model of a gas pipeline system, to introduce key principles and ask thought-provoking questions, that will help you get “unstuck” on your career path.

Removing The Mystery

In his book, Mike takes the mystery out of unspoken “rules of engagement” that every employee should know about moving around inside a company. He offers an insider’s perspective and shares a behind-the-scenes look into key factors that effective employees master.

Here is a partial list of key concepts covered in the book:

  • Clarify your purpose and discover your passion
  • Prepare for getting what you want
  • Identify your preferences and interests
  • Use your principles and values to guide your career choices
  • Harness your energy and personality and build your personal brand
  • Examine your performance and demonstrate your potential
  • Overcome resistance, fear, and personal risk of change
  • Recover from career mistakes and missteps

So Many Books

With so many career books to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the right one to provide the advice and wisdom that you seek. Unlike so many others, this book is down to earth and practical in its approach, with actionable steps you can put into practice right away. Well worth your time to read it, and keep it on hand as a reference for years to come.

Mike's Book

Pipe Dreams: 7 Pipelines of Career Success
Pipe Dreams: 7 Pipelines of Career Success

I have a copy of Mike's book, with multiple underlines and highlights. I found it a very useful tool for career development. There are several exercises you can complete, to help you gain personal insights. I highly recommend it.



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  • Carolyn M Fields profile image

    Carolyn Fields 21 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    Thanks for reading, Deborah!

  • Deborah Demander profile image

    Deborah Demander 21 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

    Great article.

    I am blessed to do what I ive every day. I had a job I enjoyed, but was challenged by one of

    My daughters to live my dream.

    Although it

    Is sometimes scary, it is so worth it. I have never regretted a single day of working for myself.


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    Carolyn Fields 2 years ago from South Dakota, USA

    I didn't know that about Bhutan. Thanks for sharing.

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    Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

    Great concepts you share from the book. In addition, CBS Sunday Morning today featured Bhutan in the Himalayas, where Gross National Happiness is a government concern. They put effort into making the residents happy.