How Hard Would You Work to Find Your Perfect Job?

February 3, 2009

Job searching can be a lot of work.  While putting together a career portfolio and coming up with ways to make your job better or finding a better job takes a lot of time and planning it’s well worth the reward.

But how about creating your own job?  Figuring out the things you enjoy the most about life and coming up with a way you can earn a living from it is a tricky thing to do.  Not only is it a seemingly elusive goal, it can also be a lot of work.

Jonathan Fields recently published a new book called “Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love” and talked a little yesterday about being a career renegade.  He offers up a sample of his first chapter where he goes into some detail about the effort required to create your own “perfect job”:

“It took a massive investment of both time and energy. And, a willingness to do a lot of things right, spend a lot of money testing different ideas and, admittedly, do a bunch of things wrong. Over a period of years, I began to discover certain processes, steps, resources and actions that could transform nearly any passion into a wellspring of money.”

So the question probably isn’t can we create the perfect job for ourselves, it’s more along the lines of, “Are we willing to put in the work and try a lot of different things in order to find our career nirvana”?

Fields talks about some of the challenges of being a “career renegade” and one of them is simply overcoming societal conditioning and believing in ourselves:

“The second challenge is really just decades of conditioning. We’ve spent so many years being told what we can’t do, sucking up to a job we hate and shelving what we really want to do, it’s become a deeply ingrained pattern.”

So what do you think?  How hard are you willing to work to find your perfect job?


Will this article help you save or earn more money? Get others like it simply by entering your email address below. Your email is used only for delivering daily money tips and you can opt out of delivery at any time. Click here to see all your free subscription options.


Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

All posts by


3 Responses to How Hard Would You Work to Find Your Perfect Job?

  • Jonathan @ MYC

    I haven’t read the book, and I like what I hear – in theory – but I have to say I’m a more than a little skeptical. While it’s certainly true that the odds of being able to make a living doing something you’re passionate about are better than they have ever been (thanks internet!), it’s still not going to be a feasible option for a big chunk of people.

    And what if you have dependents? Is it right to put your children’s future on the line like that?


  • linklings, “this is the worst ever” edition | brip blap
  • Earning More or Spending Less? Plus Helpful Financial Guides