By Cindy Krischer Goodman
I am having lunch at The Vagabond in Miami when owner Avra Jain welcomes my small group and draws our attention to the details of the retro-inspired boutique hotel, including the stylish bar and mermaid fountain. She moves around us, gesturing; clearly she wants us to appreciate the gem she has created from a previously decrepit structure.
Jain saw potential in what others saw as distressed, she tells us. With investment from friends and family, she bought the 1953 motel, pressed for the area’s historic designation, deployed development rights to her advantage and pioneered the rebirth of the neighborhood now known as Miami’s MiMo district. While telling her story, Avra, 52, excitedly blurts out: “I love what I do!”
Of course, that already is apparent.
I can’t even count how many times I have heard people say that “when you love your job, you never work a day.” But study after study shows most employees are disengaged or flat-out miserable at work. In fact, fewer than half of American workers are satisfied with their jobs, according to a 2014 survey from the Conference Board, a not-for-profit economic research institute.
Most of us work out of necessity and don’t have the time or the opportunity to go chasing after “passion.” But that may change going forward as more and more workers seek to feel fulfilled.