This is a Reblog, find the original story here: Reblog: “7 Lessons about Finding the Work You Were Meant to Do” by Kate Torgovnick May

Whether it was during a career aptitude test or in a heart-to-heart chat after getting laid off, chances are someone has talked to you about how to “find your calling.” It’s an oft-used phrase, and one StoryCorps founder Dave Isay takes issue with … specifically, its verb.

“Finding your calling, it’s not passive,” he says. “When people have found their calling, they’ve made tough decisions and sacrifices in order to do the work they were meant to do.” In other words, you don’t just find your calling — you have to fight for it. And it’s worth the fight. “People who’ve found their calling have a fire about them,” says Isay, the winner of the 2015 TED Prize. “They’re the people who are dying to get up in the morning and go do their work.”

Over a decade of listening to StoryCorps interviews Isay collected dozens of great stories about how people have found their calling for his new book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. Below he shares seven takeaways from the hard-won fight to find the work you love.

  1. Your calling is at the intersection of a venn diagram of three things: doing something you’re good at, feeling appreciated and believing your work is making people’s lives better.
  2. Your calling often comes out of difficult experiences.
  3. Calling often takes courage and ruffles feathers.
  4. Other people often nudge you toward your calling.
  5. What comes after identifying your calling is what really matters.
  6. Age is irrelevant.
  7. Calling often doesn’t come with a big paycheck.