My friend produces albums. (If you live in Nashville for longer than 19 minutes you too will be able to say that sentence.) He often meets young musicians and noticed that their narrative is changing. The new thing that fresh off the bus musicians  tell him...

“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s one of those syrupy, motivational statements you see floating about the Internet. It’s often plastered on a photo of someone standing on a vista overlooking a mountain range, the ocean, a unicorn or all three if you happen to live in the Pacific Northwest where those items are all found. Is it true though? If you find something you love doing, will you never work a day in your life? If you discover a passion that fills you up, will you ever have to work again? If you dig up your calling from the millions of options and find the “one,” does your sense of work end? The short answer, for the population of people who are no longer reading long blogs, is no. The long answer, for those who like long form ideas, is still no. I spent 15 years working in corporate America. Twenty-one months ago, I had a huge Do Over and ended up writing full time. I secretly believed that since I loved writing, I would never have to work again. I thought that any sort of drudgery or disappointment or hard work was behind me.

Next to relationships, skills are the most important thing you can have when it comes to chasing a dream. Whether you want to write a book, start a business, like your current job more, or turn a hobby into a job, you need skills. That’s...

The economy will never be perfect enough for you to be brave. If you were waiting for that to happen, go ahead and cross that off the list of “Reasons you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do.” Hopefully that list is getting shorter, because your days...

(Last Tuesday, I spoke to someone in the military who purchased 100 copies of Do Over. He gives them out to people leaving the armed forces as a way to help the transition to civilian life. This is going to sound stupid, but I honestly never realized what a huge Do Over moment that was. I've never served in the military, so I had a hard time grasping the nuances of what it means to start the next chapter of your life that way. I asked my friend Dave Burlin to write a post about that, as it is something he's personally experienced. More than that, his mission is to help veterans go from "Discharge to In Charge," and he gave a TedX talk on that very subject. Here's Dave on what it's like for veterans to change careers.)   5 Things Veterans Should Know About Their Career Do Overs. - By Dave Burlin As a Marine Corps Veteran I have launched many career do overs, from the leap out of the Marines, to the world of digging ditches in the oil fields of Northeast Oklahoma, to working with "at-risk" high school dropouts in a residential "boot-camp for life" program. Dave Burlin After 10 years of wearing one uniform or another, I jumped into the wedding industry as a wedding DJ with the goal to change the world one dance floor at a time. Now, I am currently preparing to launch my greatest career do over into the world of entrepreneurship, and Jon Acuff's book, Do Over, has become a compass for this challenging feat. Along the way I have found several Veterans on their own paths to success, and I've learned that there are 5 things all Veterans should know about their career do over:

This month, college graduates will have a hard time finding jobs because their parents refuse to move to Florida. It’s not the pythons, alligators, sharks, panthers or bears preventing the exodus to the Sunshine State, it’s the money. Boomers can’t financially afford to retire like they used to. In a 2014 Gallup poll, half of the Boomers said they plan to work past the age of 65. They’re not leaving their jobs, which means they’re not vacating positions for Gen X employees. My generation bumps into them and has a hard time climbing the career ladder, because the top positions are filled already. Millennials then graduate and bump into Gen X employees who have not been able to move beyond entry level and middle management positions. This reality creates a job traffic jam. Maybe you’re a college senior about to enter the workforce. Maybe you’re a parent with a son or daughter who is on the verge of receiving a diploma. Maybe you’re a relative or friend who has been invited to a graduation party and doesn’t know how to help a college graduate. Fear not, though the situation is challenging, it is by no means impossible. There are 5 things every college graduate needs.

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