Moving Right Along


Hm. What to do, what to do…

Here I am, 33 years old, and I’m still wondering what to do. I have a job that pays well, and a comfortable lifestyle in a wonderful city (even if it is a little cold). It’s not that my job sucks. The company treats me well, and there is always an interesting challenge to keep me busy. But my destiny is somewhere else.

The trouble is, where? Am I even on the right path? Am I going forward or am I on a detour? Without knowing the destination, then any path will do, right?

I have a few hints about what I’d really like to do with my life. I am a talented writer and business professional. I’m funny. I’m smart. I ask good questions. I help people think through their own issues (even though I seem to be stuck in my own). I have a good sense of spirituality and what it means to be human.

Then I take a look at career options for people like me, and I cross them off the list one at a time:

Stand-up comic: Only a handful of comics make any money at all. The rest make just enough to supplement a part-time job. Besides, I think I’m a better writer than speaker.

Actor: Ditto.

Writer: Mostly ditto, except I’m a good writer. When I take the time to do it.

Guru: Hmmm… Will you be my disciples?

Everything I’m really good at and enjoy, pays next to nothing for most people who follow those dreams. It pays really well for Stephen King and Jerry Seinfeld, but not so well for the rest of us.

Other career options are ones I’ve thought of, that pay well, but somehow turn me off: Psychologist, Journalist, Copywriter. Not my thing.

And so, here I am a confused 33-year-old, still plugging along in mediocrity. I surf the internet and play Civilization for fun. Instead of igniting my passions and entertaining the world, I entertain myself with books and movies. Facing the obstacles in my path to greatness just seems like a lot of work.

On the other hand, I’ve already come a long way from where I was a few years ago (broke, unemployed, severely depressed, hopeless). If I keep making progress a bit at a time, there’s a chance I’ll get somewhere. In fact, I’m already moving forward in many areas.

Okay. Here’s a bio for a dream:

Craig Martin is an internationally acclaimed speaker and writer. He has performed in three movies: OUT OF STATE (2006), FROM THE HIP (2009) and LAST WEDNESDAY (2010), as well as co-writing THE GATES OF HELL (2012) and DRESS IN LAYERS (2013). He founded the non-profit microlending group Investors Without Borders long before his first million. He is still on his first marriage and is the proud father of two. His first book, Funny You Should Say That, sold one million copies in the first 6 months of publication. His second book, To Infinity and Beyond! is due out in January 2015.

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About Craig

Craig lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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