Responding to “What do you do for a living?”

Probably about 99% of the time when you meet someone they’ll ask you what you do for a living. We live in a society where work = productivity = capitalism, and certain careers mean certain statuses and wealth. While I think every employee in ANY job should be respected, sometimes (more often than not) people don’t define themselves by their careers.

The word "LIVE" with words in each letter.

What drives you in your life?

Perhaps you are working in your dream job, whatever that may be or perhaps you’re in an entry-level job trying to work your way up the proverbial work ladder. Some people are in between jobs and trying to figure out what their next steps are. Careers are important, but they’re not a priority for everyone.

Many people are working in a job they don’t particularly like, but they work to pay for living expenses and continue pursuing other passions and hobbies  <— that’s what we should be asking. When we meet new people, our conversations should revolve more around what drives us in our lives.

Maybe you’re like me and you’re into yoga, artsy activities, and languages, or maybe you’re interested in building things or taking care of other people. If you’re into watching movies of certain genres or all genres, then that’s a great conversation starter right there.

If you’re working in a career that aligns with your interests, then consider yourself lucky, and that’s definitely worth talking about to other people. Maybe you can inspire others to go after careers that align with their interests. What I’m trying to emphasize is that how we increase the numbers in our accounts shouldn’t define our identities.

I think we should try new ways of going about our initial conversations when we meet new people because I’m more interested in what hobbies and passions drive them then how they pay the bills. After all, life is too short to be unhappy all the time.

What do you do that drives you?

Thanks for reading!

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