Double dog dare me, huh?
Here you go:
Work or a mix of activities that provide the left of fulfillment you were hoping for? YES!
What is it? I write, coach, speak, blog and read...A LOT! I've turned some activities I consider personal passions into work I find rewarding and that brings value to others, especially stressed out professionals who value the ability some of us have to filter out the essential and feed it to them in a way that is easily digestible and has a good chance of making a difference. Having been one of these stressed out professionals, I understand this segment of the market and I feel compelled to help out where I can.
In short, I help others be "better than yesterday". If I do that day in and day out, I feel fulfilled.
Why do you think it’s working for you? Many of these activities I was doing anyway. It was more of a pull than a push, where I was seeing the need or told about the need and it's turned into more along the way. It's hard to consider work an imposition when it's essentially self-imposed.
I look forward to every day and usually feel there aren't enough hours in the day because I want to get through more of my personal and professional wish lists! (And those with whom I collaborate know that the moment something feels like an imposition or remotely smells of a ball and chain J.O.B., I get really turned off--at least for now, who knows how I'll feel in the future.)
Do you plan to make changes to your work life? If so, how? I did that, almost 4 years ago now. I left my corporate job in my mid-thirties, taking a 6-figure pay cut and couldn't be happier, though my last five years there were the best in my career, thanks in part to knowing I could walk at any time.
I trust that doing what I'm good at and what I love can't help but lead to continued success and life satisfaction. (Part of what made this possible was/is a high savings rate over the years and a lifestyle that supports our FI, which I measure in "years of accumulated freedom".)
Both my husband and I work, but we know we can start/stop anything at any time and that makes it easier to ask ourselves the hard questions about whether or not we like what we're doing and the clients/companies we work with.
As an aside: "Born for This" is an excellent resource to help us figure it all out or tweak it now and then if we've already done it and it's a book I know I'll be gifting often. I would have liked to have read it when I was in my mid-twenties. It would have helped me unlearn a lot of what I learned in business school.