Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood
Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow is a book written by Marsha Sinetar in 1987. The book as the name would suggest analyzes the theory of pursuing a livelihood that is “right” for each individual. The author expresses her belief that Americans hold an unnecessary negative association with their career. Sinetar approaches the issue optimistically and announces that the problem is not with the work that needs to be done but that we are not empowering ourselves to choose our work, rather we accept work that is available to us and settle for that livelihood. Fortunately Sinetar does not reveal this hope and leave us to figure out how to find satisfaction in our work. Instead, she outlines why we have developed the habit of settling, how to identify our “Right Livelihood”, empower ourselves to develop a higher self-esteem and find a career that allows us to use our unique skills to receive gratification greater than just a paycheck. Finding the “Right Livelihood” is thought to have originated from Buddha’s teachings. Buddha described it as work consciously chosen, done with full awareness and care, and leading to enlightenment. Understanding what is meant by the “Right Livelihood” can be difficult. The description above from Buddha’s teachings is somewhat vague. I enjoyed the analogy Sinetar provided when she compared the working population to species in the wild. “Right Livelihood is an idea about work which is linked to the natural order of things. It is doing our best at what we do best. The rewards that follow are inevitable and manifold. There is no way we can fail. Biology points out the logic of Right Livelihood. Every species in the natural world has a place and function that is specifically suited to its capabilities.” In order to figure out what our own “Right Livelihood” is we must possess a high self-esteem. This is a necessity because it allows us to accept who we are and feel confident enough in our rationale and understanding to make difficult decisions. Many of us have feelings of discontentment but we are unable to do anything about it. This can be a cause of many things but more often than not it stems from a lack of self-esteem. We feel incapable of making a change, unworthy of receiving true happiness or accept other people’s thoughts of what is right for us. We must listen to our inner-self to find out what truly motivates us and determine what our passion is. If we can listen to those desires and have the confidence to act them out we can begin our journey to making what we love to do our career. Finding the “Rightful Livelihood” begins with making a conscious choice as to what we will do for work. No longer can we accept what is handed to us, or choose to meet someone else’s expectations. We must choose to do work that not only provides us with monetary gains but is emotionally rewarding as well. Choosing our own work sounds easy but it can be very difficult to fully pursue a pathway that will satisfy our inner-self. Sometimes the road is not easy, there will be obstacles, objections and consequences of choosing to follow our own path. The challenge is to stay on course. Once the conscious choice is made we must understand that work is a way of being. Thinking of work as a way of being is much like Maslow’s idea of self-actualization in his hierarchy of needs theory. It is the process of growth that takes place while reaching for the ideal situation. We must envision the life that we desire to live and implement work into that image. The work should not hold us back from the accomplishment of reaching our ideal life yet be an important piece of the image. Americans spend an extraordinary amount of time in their work place and meeting the demands of their job. It is because of this it is vitally important we choose a career that allows us to be ourselves. Not the self that is expected but the actual-self. We need to be...
Cited: Lamberton, Lowell H., and Leslie Minor. Human Relations: Strategies for Success. Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2010. Print.
Sinetar, Marsha. Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood. New York, NY: Dell Pub., 1989. Print.
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