Your Career in a Venn Diagram

“Do what you love and the money will follow.”

How many of us have heard this turn of phrase when searching for answers on how to be successful/happy in our careers?  Call me a pessimist, but I haven’t met a person that has been able to pull this off.  Let’s be honest; I’d love to sit on the couch eating cheese and crackers and watching Dexter reruns all day, but I’ve yet to figure out how to turn this into a consistent cash flow (Cheese and cracker taster?  Witty dramas with sexy serial killers expert?).

The truth is, there is no magical formula for how to be happy in your career.  However, there is some comfort in knowing exactly where you’re at in the process. Enter the “How to be Happy in Business” Venn diagram.

Now I have to admit, it was a little depressing sitting down and being honest about where I’m at on the chart.  However, after some soul searching I’d have to say I’m somewhere in the “Learn to say no” region.  Ladies, can I just say that saying “no” is incredibly hard when you feel the urgent need to say “yes” to Karen Millen dresses, BCBG shoes, and fine dining?  Le sigh.

~ The Prodigal Diva