Since I’ve had some time off, I’ve been thing about career choices lately. I’ve always thought that it was important to find a job that you enjoyed, but lately, I’ve begun to question this notion. I’m starting to think that it’s more important to find a job that you can be really good at. I realize that enjoyment and proficiency often go hand-in-hand. How can someone be really good at anything if they don’t enjoy doing it, right? However, correlation does not always equate to cause and effect.
After reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, my perspective has changed a bit. In Outliers, Gladwell suggests that people start to enjoy doing something once they get good at it. Like playing a musical instrument, you don’t really enjoy it until you get proficient. If anything, if you’re good at a certain type of work, it should give you more time to do what you enjoy outside of work.