Being laid off from my last job was a great thing for me looking back because it allowed me to start really doing what I love in my life and career.
My Story on Building My Career to Do What I Really Love
Stoping my clerical job was politically incorrect, because I was on bed rest for a difficult pregnancy with my twins and being at work I could have had another function – I was more experienced than other colleagues and efficient at what I did.
I did my best to use my rights just so another pregnant woman would not be laid off this way, it’s pretty precarious when you don’t have to be stressed out and then looking for a job with 2 babies in my case isn’t the best either, and it worked a little because another could stay at her work longer. But the lawyer on my case told me pregnant women and parents on parental leave aren’t really protected in Quebec, like it’s generally the case worldwide.
I finally wrote to my bosses and told them that I understand it was strategic. It’s a clever choice to end a job this way so there is less expense. They even kept one month of salary bonus. From their point of view it could have been a neat choice.I wasn’t always cordial in the letter, I said the equivalent of fuck about 2 times in French because some anger had built up, but I let them know the truth and wished them the best.
I let go of the lawsuit because I couldn’t go anywhere and it was making me angry. I forgive them as I forgive myself about the small mistakes and remember to be more kind next time on my side. I had forgotten a little “Do unto others what you’d like to be done unto you”. Not that I want to be a Buddha at some point, they are inspiring though, I just want to stay true to myself and be kind to others.
Anyway, I liked the job, and the people, but I wasn’t in LOVE with it. It wasn’t fulfilling all my needs. On the back of my mind, I wanted to raise my kids at home too. Maybe it happened so that I’d be sure to do it. It allowed us that we prepare all so we could live on one income and thrive.
Build Multiple Career Acts in Our Economy
The rules of employment changed. In her book Get a Life Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talent Work for You Paula Caligiuri explains how to turn the fact that we’re no longer in a strong employees-employers bond, and that most of the people that are laid off know it less than 3 weeks in advance, to our advantage.
Companies are not dependant on us. So we shouldn’t be anymore. To handle that, we have to start Multiple Careers Acts, which are income coming from many sources, and do it with work we really love.
Multiple career acts allow us to be secure because if one career isn’t working anymore, you have others to back you up. It also enables us to build a career act we really love slowly that could be our main one someday. It also permits us to try on the side other careers and see if we love them
Being a stay-at-home mom is my first career act doing what I really love. I see it as a job because it really is. Even if I’m not paid I would have to pay someone to do it like a nanny if I wasn’t doing it. I can save money from the things I do too.
I also tried many other career acts that didn’t fit what I was looking for. I had a T-Shirt business for fighters inspiring to act heroically. I was a dog breeder for a while but I hated separating the mother from her puppies. All that wasn’t what I really loved and how I could really help people massively.
I found out being at home that I really love writing and that I could realize on the side a dream of writing my own books. I also discovered that being a professional blogger can be a career. It is great because I can help a lot of people that want and need it. And all of that from home a few hours a week, it’s awesome for me!
I began blogging on websites and writing ebooks. I am now having multiple career acts, as a stay-at-home mom, a professional blogger and a writer. I am also building passive sources of income. It’s just the beginning of a great life doing what I love with a flexible career.
How You Can Have Careers You Love Too
If you work actually and you get your main income from a single source, from many personal stories, common sense and what Paula Caligiuri point out, make sure you build a career safety net, another job or passive income you could fall back onto if something happens that affects it, like being pregnant, having kids, being sick or being laid off.
You can do it by investigating on your spare time a career act that fits what you love. You could start by one that is creating great passive income, like rental properties. For example we have a basement already made for rent that we could put on the market if anything goes wrong.
Once done, you could then add other career acts that would give you a high satisfaction.
With all that you could have a better career that you love, be independent and great in your main career act because being happy and doing what you love get better work done.
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I’m also currently starting writing a book about how effectively start doing what you love that will be in the product section too (it would launch in 2012), stay tuned,
Thank your for reading,
Thanks for reading! From Marie-Eve Boudreault, post How to Start Doing What You Love with Multiple Career Acts
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