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“Follow your bliss”… it pays off

“Follow your bliss” was Joseph Campbell’s general formula to students.  “Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it. If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.  Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”

(Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth pp. 120, 149)

Ok.  But will it work in the real world?

It just might, according to this study:

“A study of business school graduates tracked the careers of 1,500 people from 1960 to 1980.

From the beginning, the graduates were grouped into two categories.

Category A consisted of people who said they wanted to make money first so they could do what they really wanted to do later after they took care of their financial concerns.

Those in category B pursued their interests first, sure that the money eventually would follow.

What percentage fell into each category?

Of the 1,500 graduates in the survey, the money-now category A’s comprised 83% or 1,245 people.

Category B risk takers made up 17 percent, 255 graduates.

After 20 years, there were 101 millionaires in the group.

Only 1 came from category A, 100 from category B.

Researcher Srully Blotnick concluded the study by saying, “The overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing.  Their ‘luck’ arose from the accidental dedication they had to an area they enjoyed.”

quoted from from Making a Life, Making a Living by Mark Albion

About Dr. Duff Watkins [www.execsearch.com.au]

international executive search consultant / author-- dispensing career advice about how the job market really works


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