Money versus happiness – can one job bring both? Especially for an artist?

Can One Job Bring You Both Money And Happiness

This episode’s question

I’m an artist, and I’ve been in art just about all of my life. My question has to do with getting happier doing what I do. I’m in a company that offers a good 401(k) and a decent salary and standard hours, yet I don’t have any cool projects to work on.

 

I have friends in markets like L.A. and New York who are working on cool projects in TV, movies, and video games. I have a friend who is an art teacher and she absolutely loves it. I just don’t find myself having the level of happiness that my friends do. I don’t want to move, so I feel kind of stuck.

 

How do I find happiness at my current work or somewhere else?

 

What you’ll learn
– Whether money and happiness are mutually exclusive.

 

– How doing what you love doesn’t promise you money–there’s a little more to it.

 

– That most people are passionate about more than one thing, and how thinking like Forrest Gump can help get creative with your career approach.

 

– Getting your EKG report in the right direction (and what the heck a Career EKG is).

 

Resource of the episode
Podcast: How Sean Dietrich Built a Thriving Art Business – Solopreneur Hour with Michael O’Neal

 

Podcast: How an Artist Built Slow and Steady to A Million – The Eventual Millionaire with Jaime Tardy

 

Podcast: How Artist Dorsey McHugh Painted Her Way to A New Life – Relaunch with Pei and Joel Boggess

 

 

Tweetable of the episode

Make sure your career EKG isn’t flattening–have Excitement, Knack, and the G’s. via @lisacummings

 

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As an international speaker and facilitator, Lisa Cummings has delivered events to over 9,000 participants in 14 countries. You can see her featured in places like Harvard Business Publishing, Training Magazine, and Forbes. She’s the founder of a company called Lead Through Strengths. When she’s not out spotting strengths in people, you find her playing drums, rescuing dogs, or making things with a welder. Her Top 5 StrengthsFinder Talents are: Strategic | Maximizer | Positivity | Individualization | Woo.