So many of us have been brain-washed to frame our careers as "passions" or "vocations." That could be exactly why we, a nation of sports addicts, fail to apply the same game planning we observe in, say, football to getting a job, holding a job, landing a promotion on the job, and hustling for a better job.
Instead of developing play books from the get-go in college, we hide from that strategic reality. We distract ourselves with hitting the books, having fun, chasing sex, exploring the inner self, worrying about the future in an abstract way, and having nervous breakdowns.
Me? I have been among those duped by "vocation." I saw my mission as being an effective scribe for those who had message bigs.
When did I shift to a game plan? During The Great Recession. It's now all about making the winning moves.