How much are you supposed to like what you do?
Right now, I can hear the voices of all the naysayers from my past saying, “You’ll never be able to make money doing that! Choose a different career if you plan on being successful.”
It’s really amazing how a few words can alter the course of your life.
I remember allowing those two sentences to linger around in my thoughts for years after first hearing them. They directed some of my most important decisions early on in my career and made me choose opportunities that didn’t necessarily make me happy, but would bring in the most cash.
I was going about it all wrong.
Looking back, I saw I took detours solely because I was afraid of failure. I thought writing was one of those careers that only a select few people get to do.
A lot of people simply just talk about doing what they are passionate about, because the truth is, people who get to do what they love for a job are the lucky ones; they’re not the majority.
It’s surely become common knowledge by now that if you’re unsure about where your career is going, you should try and find out what it is that you like to do the most. Unless you are capable of knowing what it is you want out of life, you’ll never know when to stop searching.
On the other hand, most people stop their search far too soon and wind up in a dead end career — always waiting for the weekend to arrive.
To some, having the opportunity to do the work they love is seen mostly as a luxury, while others see it as a matter of survival… of sanity.
Taking the road less traveled can be tough, especially when everything and everyone around you is telling you that you won’t be able to achieve the dream. It takes guts to choose happiness over money.
But I’ve learned that if you do what you love, enjoyment will follow and money will seem less relevant because you will feel more fulfilled.
To quote Confucius, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
When you watch the video above, what comes to mind? Do you have a story to tell about leaving work you hated and following your dreams?
Be sure to share it with us in the comments below!