As luck would have it, three weeks ago I came across a post on my twitter feed about a book called How to Love your Job or Find a New One by Joanna Penn. I froze, literally. Could this be true? Right here in my lap, the information I’ve been searching and researching for? And an offer to review? You know what they say about something that feels or looks too good to be true, right? But there’s no way could I pass up this golden opportunity! I’d have kicked myself relentlessly if I didn’t reach out to author Joanna Penn and request my very own copy to read and review.
I’ve always been a creative person. I play the piano, guitar, sing, and write. I have an AA Music degree, and an MA and MFA Creative Writing degrees. But I’ve never had the fortune to find work in any of those wonderful areas. Lately though, I’ve been thinking more and more about how to transition from my current stodgy, unfulfilling job to an exciting, comfortable, and rewarding career utilizing my complete creative passions. I knew what I wanted, but didn’t know what steps to take.
How to Love Your Job or Find a New One arrived in my inbox not a moment too soon and I immediately started reading. After the first two pages, I was suspicious. Did author Joanna Penn know me or my life? Alright, who’d been talking to her about me? Who? The more I read, the more I realized her words echoed my own. Not only am I unhappy in my current job but I’m eager to let my creative passions bloom into the career I’d always dreamed it could be. But this lagging economy doesn’t bode well for someone trying to change careers in mid-stream. Yet the feeling of dread threatened to deter me from taking the first step and after reading a few pages, I closed the book and put it away. What am I thinking, I can’t do this! But the last thing I read before closing the book was this quote by Goethe haunted me – “Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it.” And I knew if I didn’t try, I’d regret it.
Penn is right on the mark. She doesn’t advocate for anyone to throw caution to the wind, drop everything and dive feet first into doing what they think is their passion. She encourages the reader to think things through then write them down. A free pdf workbook is available for download. The reader is encouraged to use this workbook to sort through their thoughts and feelings by answering specific questions. I find it best to use both novel and workbook together.
I knew I was as Penn said “just tolerating my job day after day knowing that I wanted to do something else.”So I buckled down. I had to find out if this was even feasible. I printed the workbook and wrote in it, answered the questions truthfully. I wanted to have a better understanding of why I’ve been feeling this way and what, if anything, can I do about it. Would this be a sound choice, a wise move? I found underlining words, sentences or paragraphs that made sense to me really helped me to understand my thoughts better. Penn and I seem to share the same thoughts and ideas about our creative careers so I used her business model as a guide and created my own.
Penn went from IT Consultant to author in four years but the road was bumpy and filled with pitfalls and disappointment. This book is her roadmap, outlining the process to changing your career or steps to help make your better job. It’s filled with diagrams and thought provoking questions to help the reader address the myriad of personal and financial stumbling blocks that can derail the best attempts at change. But she doesn’t stop there. At the end of the book, Penn takes it a step further and provides the reader with a great list of books, interviews, articles, and websites for further research and inspiration.
So, if you’re ready to change your career, better your job or are just thinking about it, How to Love Your Job or Find A New One is the book for you.
You can find Joanna Penn at http://www.thecreativepenn.com