I’ve had a lot of jobs in my life. A LOT. And I recently gave notice at my current J-O-B (a year’s notice – academia is kind of weird). I love my J-O-B, but I love flexibility, freedom, variety, and the beach more (we’re finally moving back “home” to the coastal town where I grew up and my husband went to high school. I’ve been trying to do that for 20 years).
Among other things, I’ve been a:
- Travel agent
- Cruise ship purser
- Hotel front desk clerk
- Meeting planner
- Catering sales manager
- Tourism bureau sales manager
- Association executive
- Professional speaker
And that’s just since I’ve been an “adult,” so the list doesn’t include various restaurant and retail jobs I had in high school and college. Here is my career path visually (including various periods of unemployment…which were actually great fun, but that’s another story for another day). I worked my way through school (all of it), so those aren’t “breaks,” btw.
My life span in a J-O-B (by that I mean conventional employment) is about 3 years. I’m going on Year 4 in my current J-O-B. I must be growing up. HA. Just kidding (SO just kidding). A lot of people think I’m crazy. Or flaky. I have a great J-O-B at a great university in a lovely small city, I love my students, I get summers off, and it’s as close to entrepreneuring-with-a-regular-paycheck as you can get. I’m not crazy (well I am, but not because of this). I’m not flaky. I just know I’m meant to live a different way–and a different where. Even though I’ve done a lot of things, there many more things I still want to do. After all, I’m only in my 40’s and have many more working years ahead of me.
So I recently made a big decision: never to have a J-O-B again. I don’t mean that I get to retire early. I’m not wealthy. And for better or worse, I married for love, not money. (Just kidding, honey, it’s better!) I have just realized that a J-O-B is simply not my style. Instead I’m going back to “multipreneuring,” which is like “entrepreneuring” but doing several things at once. For example, my last multipreneur gig had me speaking, teaching, and lawyering…in various proportions that fluctuated by day, week, month, year. And doing other cool stuff when it came along like consulting and writing.
This idea is not mine. I’ve been collecting books for years that talk about living this life style…er, work style. And it fits me better than any J-O-B ever will. I’ve shared this with various people in presentations and I recognize the kindred spirits when I see their eyes light up like lightning bugs on a summer night. So I thought I would share a short bibliography of books to read if this idea interests you. Enjoy.
Carpe your J-O-B, job, or whatever works for you!
Tom Gorman. (1996) Multipreneuring. (This one may be out of print).