Over 20 years ago, when I was considering leaving the U.S. Navy, as much as I loved my career and serving our country, I knew I was thinking about the civilian world and not just that, but what I truly wanted to do - what did I enjoy and where did my previous successes come from?
While going back to school, I did some research as to how I could translate, transform and integrate not only my Navy experiences, but those inherent (so to speak) skills I was given at birth and those I acquired way before as a growing student, athlete and teen, before I left college and joined the U.S. Navy.
I found myself simply marketing all I had learned and accomplished, yet I still wasn't honestly considering what I was best at and what I enjoyed doing.
Out of nowhere, someone handed me Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow, by Marsha Sinetar.
I just stumbled upon this book again today as I was rearranging my somewhat limited library.
I haven't actually read this book in over 20 years, but it is now on my re-read list. There is nothing like being reminded of something which had such impact.
The edition I read years ago had only two chapters that dealt with money and the remainder was about helping one in finding their true personal market (what one does best and enjoys most) value and the encouragement to take the initiative to make such come true.
This book is void of tests, questionnaires and silly drills - I love that. It contains very little marketing for and in and of itself and so much more for and about the reader. Be prepared to sit back, enjoy, highlight and dog-ear what hits home with you.
I passed my first copy on to a friend back in the late '80s and bought copies for two other friends in the early 90's. All have changed their careers and at last contact, all were much happier at what they chose to do.
These are tough times for many, yet this may be the incentive and/or the tools you need to make the change, your change.
Life is a Journey, not a Destination.
Keep moving forward and growing ever. You will have plenty of time to rest when your days are done.
Do it now.