Work as Fun

I just finished reading Inc.’s Strategy piece from Greg Selkoe, CEO at Karmaloop. Written in first perspective by a man who turned his ADHD into a positive, it revealed something I had never known to be true: you can actually really love what you do.

I’m sure Inc. constantly features this type of guy, but it was the first time I was able to finish one of the stories in its magazine (maybe it was Greg’s voice, or maybe it’s because it’s just what I need now).

Enjoying what you do is something that I grew up thinking doesn’t happen. Couldn’t happen. Ever.

After leaving a job that I constantly complained about, I suddenly thought life would get a lot easier.  Reality sunk in when I was living alone for the first time without the full-time support of consistent work. As much as the sleepless nights keep me wondering whether this was the right decision, I have to realize this move was exactly what I (mostly) wanted.

Well, sort of. I hadn’t imagined blindly applying or meeting up with an endless stream of contacts for any industry insight to little avail. I thought this time away from the pressure of a full-time work load would help me figure out what I really wanted to do – and get me to a place where I could be happy fulltime. Now I’m just stuck in a mental battle that has me more desperate than free.

I’ve been pretty embarrassed to admit this. My readers (aka my mom and boyfriend) might already know this to be true, but I don’t want to seem like a failure with all the people out there in the world who have done so much more. It’s just nice to be able to put my fears to words, and hope that something I’ll be able to say “work is my fun” just like Greg.  

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