Are you trying to find your passion? Or do you already know what it is? Was your passion obvious or did it take you a while to figure out?
Sometimes that journey looks like a straight line, but often it’s more like a rabbit trail. I hope this quick look at 3 people who found their dream jobs will give you an inspiration boost!
My first task was to go to the mall and pre-shop–I’d create a long list of items that I liked along with prices. From there I’d decide what made the most sense from both practical and cost perspectives and edit down my list.
Next, my mom and I would set a date and get shopping! We’d go through the list, checking things off, finding new bargains, and making substitutions. And when I had a vision of an item that I couldn’t find or that wasn’t in my price range, I’d head over to the fabric store with my mom to find material to make skirts and dresses. So much of my love for fashion and clothing comes from those mother-daughter collaborations over bolts of fabric and pattern books.
Michael Ruhlman wanted to be a writer, yes–but he never dreamed his true passion would end up being food writing! But one thing led to another…
I went into a cooking school to write about what it means to be a chef, and instead I became a cook, got a job line cooking, lucked into one of the great restaurants of the world to work with the chef on his book, and I kept on writing about food.
A committed cook since fourth grade, I proposed to the Culinary Institute of America, the oldest and most influential professional cooking school in the country, that I be allowed into its kitchen classrooms in order to write a narrative of how the school trains professional chefs. The school agreed, and I wrote The Making of a Chef.
That would be the first of many, many food books Ruhlman would write. “The best things in life happen when you get carried away,” he says. “I got carried away, and it’s made all the difference.”
Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind credits her success to being in the right place at the right time, and for seizing an unlikely opportunity:
I found my way into the design world as an under-qualified, impromptu, very young art director. I had been working as a copywriter at an ad agency in Los Angeles when the existing art director had a [mighty dramatic!] nervous breakdown and left the office the day before an important client meeting. I raised my hand to take his place (not knowing at all what an art director’s duties are!) and went home that night to furiously Google “how to be an art director.”
What those search results opened for me was this: a world of imaginative, creative, well-planned design. I remember staying up until 3am that night, jumping through a rabbit hole of endless links, cataloging hundreds of ideas onto what now exists as DesignForMankind.com.
And although I wasn’t an art director for long (the company folded six months later), I owe that experience so much. It’s amazing how life’s little detours can send you on an entirely different path – or in this case, rabbit hole.
Do you have a story to share about how you found something you love to do? Is your journey looking like a straight line or a rabbit trail?