What do you want from your career?

What do you really want from your career? Is it fame? Is it fortune? Is it making a difference in another person’s life? What is the thing that gets you out of bed even on the hard days?

For me, it’s simple.  Show me the money.

Sounds kind of cold right?  Stay with me.  Things changed for me last year when my husband was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer.  And while we have been aggressive right back, I was hit smack with the realization that it would likely be me on the hook for my own retirement and care.

It’s not that I thought my husband was going to take care of everything.  I just assumed (as many of us do) that we would build our empire and sail off into the sunset together, aging gracefully and partying joyfully.  Cancer reminded me that after I am done caring for him, be it 2 years or 20, I have to turn around and do the same for my mother, and then for myself. Since I have no children, I am the end of the line.  I had never really given it much thought until now.

When you are in your 20s old age seems really far away, doesn’t it?  At 40 and with a spouse precariously walking the line of sickness and health things change radically.  I always wanted to make a difference in this world. In fact, that has been my bend, probably my whole life.  While I still hope that is the case, right now, I am focused solely on how I can sharpen my skills and turn this operation into a money-making machine.

And I am not ashamed to say that I am working to make money.  My desire to make money pushes me to be the best I can in my business, to serve my clients in the best way possible and make a difference in their lives by offering services that make their lives easier.

So now I ask you if you are really honest, what do you want from your career?  What is your why?

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