― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Godin's book is one of my favourites. It's not just because he takes aim at Cubicle Nation -- he does that in spades -- but, instead, because it challenges all of us to stand on our own two feet and be creative.
Yes, you heard me: we're all creative. The trouble is it's been engineered out of us...often by force.
Perhaps I'm obsessional: I can't imagine everyone getting turned on by writing something online every single day of the year; but I bet if you pressed said cohort you'd find something to float their boat.
And there's the thing. If you want to live out a life closer to who you are, then you're not going to do it through a job, but instead doing something that touches your creative soul.
PS. It's not about the money; it's about finding out what you love and letting it kill you -- a great line from Charles Bukowski, and it's emblazoned on a T-shirt that I recently bought.