I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career…

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“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.”

John Cusack said these famous words to his girlfriend’s Father in the 1989 movie “Say Anything”.

Even though many of us can relate to these comments or even admit to feeling the exact same way at one point in our lives,

It’s important to remember,

Our job is not who we are, unless we do nothing more than our day job.

For example,

I’m a Financial Analyst from 7:30 to 4:30 five days a week.

During the rest of the week, I’m an author.

I’ve written three books and I’m working on my fourth.

I’ve been slowly adding to another book which, God willing, will be submitted to a major publisher. (Wish me luck.)

I’ve been on almost 10 podcasts.

I gave an hour long presentation on job seeking in the 21st century which is being used by universities to support their alumni who find themselves in the job market.

I have my own website and as long as my heart is beating I will never stop writing.

So how about you?

Are you solely your day job?

There’s nothing the matter with not having something else.

I didn’t figure out what I really wanted to do until I was in my 50’s.

If you know what you want to do but think you’re too tired to do anything else,

I’d like to ask you this…

Do you want to limit your life to what your boss wants from you?

Or, do you want to enrich your life by using your free time,

To do what you find rewarding?

The choice is yours.

Clark Finnical is the author of Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there), LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level and 12 Lies Told to Job Seekers.

This article was original published on thewiseramerican.com

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