Lead Through Strengths
Career Q&A: Money versus Happiness - Can One Job Bring Both?

This episode’s question

I’m an artist, and I’ve been in art just about all of my life. My question has to do with getting happier doing what I do. I’m in a company that offers a good 401(k) and a decent salary and standard hours, yet I don’t have any cool projects to work on.


I have friends in markets like L.A. and New York who are working on cool projects in TV, movies, and video games. I have a friend who is an art teacher and she absolutely loves it. I just don’t find myself having the level of happiness that my friends do. I don’t want to move, so I feel kind of stuck.


How do I find happiness at my current work or somewhere else?


What you’ll learn
- Whether money and happiness are mutually exclusive.


- How doing what you love doesn’t promise you money–there’s a little more to it.


- That most people are passionate about more than one thing, and how thinking like Forrest Gump can help your career approach.


- Getting your EKG report in the right direction (and what the heck a Career EKG is).


Resource of the episode
Podcast: How Sean Dietrich Built a Thriving Art Business – Solopreneur Hour with Michael O’Neal


Podcast: How an Artist Built Slow and Steady to A Million – The Eventual Millionaire with Jaime Tardy


Podcast: How Artist Dorsey McHugh Painted Her Way to A New Life – Relaunch with Pei and Joel Boggess


Tweetable of the episode

Make sure your career EKG isn’t flattening–have Excitement, Knack, and the G’s. via @careerpodcast

Direct download: 005-money-happiness2-rebrand.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 2:30am CDT