Why Everyone Needs a Second Job
There is a new neighbor down the street. His name is Dave and he is apparently a wiz when it comes to motorcycles. I know this because I see him every night working on one in his garage.
I'm pretty jealous, as you can imagine.
After all, I don't repair motorcycles, ceiling fans or cars. I did paint a bedroom this past week which was pretty awesome. But motors... that's a different story. I call in the experts when wires, oil or engines are involved.
Back to Dave.
Besides his obvious skills in the garage, what's more amazing is that he has a day job. Bikes are just a hobby but he treats them with the same energy as if it were a second job.
His "second job" keeps him energized so that he can excel in whatever he does during the day.
I started my second job last week as I began a new doctoral program. For the next three years, I will treat this incredible task as if it were a second place of employment. I'll have a second office. A second set of notebooks. A second set of responsibilities.
My wife, Cary often says that moms need a second job. Their first and primary, that of being a mom, can benefit from another area of interest. This looks differently for each mom. Some get jazzed up by working out. Others sell stuff online.
The magic: it almost doesn't matter.
The key is to be a growing person. In my experience, a "second job" has the following benefits:
- It ensures that you have an area of interest outside of your "day job"
- It keeps you growing as an individual
- It ensures that your social life is bigger than just your 9-5
- It just might be an area of life where God meets you and teaches you something
Dave has his second job. I've got mine.
The big question is, what's yours?
*photo by fdp