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Career planning in 60 seconds - a recreation of +Bud Caddell's "How to be happy in business" diagram: http://whatconsumesme.com/2009/posts-ive-written/how-to-be-happy-in-business-venn-diagram/
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...but if you had to sacrifice one of these 3 areas, which would it be?
 
What pays well. Definitely as I'm already in the Happy but poor section at the moment, hopefully moving towards a #WIN though slightly too early to say for sure ;)
 
I'd agree with you on that one +Willem van der Horst, but I'm intrigued to know how many people would sacrifice "What you're good at" [I already know too many people that sacrifice "What you love"].
 
But that's interesting about the diagram itself, isn't what you love and what you're good at often the same? Or rather it's probably trued for what you love but perhaps not the other way around - just thinking as I'm typing ;)
 
+Willem van der Horst for some people yes, but there are many things I'd love to be great at that I am not good enough to do professionally, e.g. photography (or being an astronaut).
 
It's cool to see this visually portrayed. When I first decided to go to college I sat down and wrote out 3 lists--these 3 spheres exactly (I think 'what pays well' had a geographic twist added on because I knew where I wanted to live.) and then picked college degree that fit inside that sweet spot in the middle! It's neat to see other people looking at the world the same way.

Something that was encouraging to me as I went through this decision making process was that 'What I love doing' wasn't out of my life forever. It just became my hobby circle.
 
Always knew I was cut out for a life of prostitution...
 
Sarah, you actually made me lol! Simon, let's add a 4th circle---low chance of STDs and murder circle!
 
+Anna Bavido Agree! What seems strange to me is that most of us go through a similar sort of process in the early stages of our careers, but we seem to forget that top circle more and more as we grow older.
+Sarah Eaglesfield Love it :-D
+Dick Koekemoer Nice, like that thinking! I Perhaps passion is central to making sure something stays in 'What you love', while commitment and humility are both key to 'What you're good at'.
 
I am very good at being a secretary. I learned this early on in my career. I absolutely hated being a secretary. But it did get me in the door and in front of people. I'd say that it took years to get to #win and a nanosecond to lose it. Now I am in a not-quite-happy and poor place. I call it my "middle-age, character-building" stage ...
 
+Jake Sharman I think there are many people who know that place all too well! It seems that's often the tipping point though - provided you can make sure you guide its 'fall' in the right direction - a bit like an expert lumberjack angling a tree - the tension that 'not-quite-happy' state arouses can give you exactly the momentum you need to fall towards the #win in the middle.
 
And we could have a nation of security guards the way were headed.they get NO circle
 
Currently stuck between "rich but bored" & "happy but poor" :/
 
Fourth circe should be named unemployed. I'm saing the fourth factor is labor provision. (I used Google translate, cause my med&ecomomic English is poor)
 
I'd compare unemployed to "happy & poor".
Why?
Well, you could use your spare time to do what you always wanted to do (as long as you don't need money for that), however, it might not pay off.

I always read about people being happy on a very low income (AKA social welfare). However, personally I don't know anybody in this specific situation.

You could, i.e., test the latest frameworks in webdevelopment, repair your motorcycle, play with your kids (!) and so on...
 
would def sacrifice "what you're good at" - what's the fun in it?
 
I would add additional factors to indicate jobs which are in high demand, and jobs which are likely to offer long term stability.
 
I cannot fathom the unemployed = happy and poor as a long-term situation, despite knowing some people who are quite content with the life that living off of others via a monthly government cheque provides them. I personally was unemployed and poor for several years (but not receiving any sort of benefits). It was fun for about a year; living small was a challenge and I enjoyed the creativity it took to make ends meet. But, once the novelty wore off, I hated it. Sitting in your dark home in the middle of a December day, dressed in layers and a hat to stave off the freezing cold because you only use the heat for two hours every second day can be quite inspiring for awhile writing-wise – especially when you're wearing fingerless gloves. But then, the illusions and romanticism of the starving artist lifestyle begin to take back seat to the desire for a hot bath and decent food. It was an experience that I now cherish for the new eyes it gave me. Plus, some of my best writing comes from that time. But, I never ever ever ever ever want to have to be in that place again. Ever. Seriously.
 
Solid perspective, thanks +Jake Sharman! +Jani Siekkinen +Glen Berry +Dick Koekemoer Thanks for all your great builds! I don't pretend that this graphic is a comprehensive tool - it was only intended as a light-hearted way to think about how we might direct the progress of our careers - but I'm really pleased that it's helping people to think about all the other things that are important too.
 
+Jake Sharman
Thanks for sharing this great post!
 
Oh, see now I believe I could get with being a happy but poor archaeologist. That career has always fascinated me and I absolutely love doing research. I also loved digging in the dirt for treasure as a child... +Kristen Uurtamo
 
one area is missing :what is good for ALL 
 
I feel like I need more of a middle ground in the income department. My position as Lab Manager does not pay well, but I am far from poor. So with caveat in mind, I think I'll claim a bullseye! I would have to say I'd sacrifice the "pays well" bubble, since I've done that in the past.
 
This is really an interesting representation of one's options. Is it possible to have all three really? 
 
+phil tiongson
In general, I'd say your best chances are if you're running your own business - as long as it's successful.
However, being employed is making things a bit more complicated...
 
Love the simplicity.

I fear for those that make what they love, only what pays well.

And I hope for those that make what they love, what is good for all (as +Günter Lenz mentioned).

Supposedly, Aristotle once said, "where the needs of the world and your talents meet, there lies your true profession..."

And for those that do attempt to meet the "needs of the world," of "all," it's ok be paid well for your efforts.
 
+Tyler Hayes No, no coincidence at all - I'm a huge admirer of +Bud Caddell's 'What Consumes Me', and remember seeing this diagram back when he first published it. I hadn't seen it for ages, but the concept had bubbled its way back into my mind a few days ago. However, I couldn't remember where I'd seen it, and after not being able to find it on the web, I made the version above. Looking at Bud's version again now though, it's clear that it left a very strong impression on me - my attempt to recreate it is almost identical. I'm very embarrassed about that similarity, but I've amended the post (above) to include full attribution. +Bud Caddell, I've sent you a message about this too, but wanted to offer a public apology here too.
 
+Tyler Hayes on the contrary, thanks very much for pointing it out! Very grateful to you for helping my (lack of) memory reconnect those dots.
 
Good to Great has this hedgehog concept. Very much along these lines -- worth picking up
 
Schnittmenge "What you love" & "What pays well": "Just a dream"
Wunderbar.
 
Nice. I need to show that to my teens. 
 
I'm happy I feel myself in the sweet spot.
 
what you love and what you are good at, fine. But what these days actually pays well? Isn't that a dream?
 
I was in a win win win...but went back to school and sacrificed one win (great pay) to try and make a difference in children's lives.

I feel, on most days, that I do make a difference. On other days, I question my decission. Everyday I am proud of my life and the wins I do have.

Who knows maybe one day i will be able to keep doing what I'm doing and add the third WIN back in.
 
+Valerie Miles that actually brings that whole circle into question... Perhaps, instead of 'what pays well', it should be more about what feeds your soul as well as your stomach. back to the drawing board
 
I had been in the Happy but Poor section but now I' think I should first get into the Rich but Bored section. Because, once I become rich, I don't have to work and I can do whatever I want to do.
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I am a Rich but Bored, but getting closer to 50 I can't seem to apply myself as much as before to doing things I don't like, even if I am good at them. Who moved my cheese ?
 
I'm glad that my current job is in the #win section
 
When what you love is your family the other two become more important
 
I believe that many people are in the black section. So be happy if you in just one or 2 circles above.
 
+Minh Nguyen True. There are lots of poor and bored people. I should be thankful for what I have now.
 
+Valerie Miles i feel the same way. I work with poor teens and i love it, but im struggling with thinking doing business instead of npo, in order to obtain the economic engine.
 
If what you're good at and what pays well is just a dream, how can all three be "win"? All three would be just a dream. 
 
Agree with Kemp " the rule of three " always apply you can only pick 2 and you won't necessary get the other
 
PREETAM;; all r i think is similar way.
 
2,700 shares - that's a bit of a surprise...
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