A few weeks ago, my favorite Internet writer, Mark Evanier, launched a series of articles teaching aspiring writers how to cope with rejection. If you’re not familiar with Evanier, in addition to his popular blog, he’s been a successful TV, film and comic book writer for his entire career. So, he knows of what he writes when it comes to rejection. He’s faced and overcome a lot of it.
The part of his introductory article that interested me the most, though, was his defining the distinction between a “job” and a “career.” Evanier wrote:
A career is something that fits into this sentence: “When I grow up, I want to be a ____.” A job is what you do to pay rent and buy groceries if and when you aren’t able to become whatever noun you ever seriously put into that sentence.
He draws a very good, vivid distinction between the concept of “job vs. career.” Although, I think he’s missing a third option: