I am on vacation right now. Our beach hotel has a wonderful breakfast spot overlooking the water. So I’ve come here the last three days and have breakfast alone – with my computer – since my wife and three teens sleep later than me. Today, the hostess asked, “are you always working?”
“I love my work” was my honest reply.
I then answered an e-mail from a career changing client on Career Counseling Connecticut’s site seeking career guidance and briefly relayed my own story. I was an attorney for about a decade before I became an education-entrepreneur. “I love my work” would never have been an honest answer had I been asked.
As a criminal prosecutor, I liked my work and loved the experience of being within the hard scrabble Philadelphia criminal justice system. As a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC, I enjoyed the intrigue of white collar crime but did not really like the legal work much. In private practice… I didn’t like my work.
Now, post-career change (17 years), I love my work. And, I have observed that a large percentage of career changers do as well. You can too.