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Posted on Do you love your (non woodworking) day job?

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#1 posted 02-17-2008 03:27 PM

For the majority of my working life I was in corporate sales in the steel industry. Typical accounts were end users like tool and die shops, plastic mold makers, aeronautical parts mfrs. It was interesting work in that I saw how many things were manufactured, I was on the road all the time and got to see lots of different places, and I was able to develop my own plans and activities.

But it was a job, and I was subject to over-riding corporate structure that could be incredibly short-sighted and ignorant at times, and I sometimes had to deal with people I was just as soon set fire to.

Now I’m a full time woodworker, and literally can’t wait to get to my shop each day. For the first time in my life I DO actually love what I’m doing for a living, and wish I’d been doing it all my life. After a working career in which my “results” were no more than a monthly print-out, I like the immediate gratification of seeing a physical representation of my work, and I’ve found I have some inate talents in design and creativity.

I wonder what percentage of people actually love what they do for a living. To me it’s made all the difference.

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