“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
In a world consumed by material possessions, money and greed, people often pursue meaningless jobs that will result in a climb up the corporate ladder to earn a higher salary. Digits are key; the more, the merrier. That is until you start to realize your work is strenuous, overwhelming and hallow – and no amount of money will make you feel better when you wake up every morning dreading going to the office.
As Steve Jobs said, your work is going to fill a large part of your life. You’re likely to spend more time at work than at home, so you at least better enjoy what you are doing.
Stuck in an employment rut?
Unsure of where you should be heading?
Once people get stuck in a routine, it becomes increasingly more difficult to leave – like sinking in quick sand. We are creatures of habit and enjoy staying in our comfort zone. Quitting your job to pursue something meaningful may seem like a giant feat. You may need additional schooling and training, and you’re likely to not make as much money when you start. All these doubts cause people to question whether it’s worth it.
This seems to be one of the most common dilemmas keeping people from pursing work they love and enjoy. If you can get over this hurdle, you’ll be one step closer to waking up and being excited about going to work.
So, what interests you?
What are you passionate about?
What difference do you want to make in the world?
If you’re just starting this journey, you may be aware that a lot of things need to change in the world. However, if you don’t have a compelling idea as to what kind of work you want to do, finding the motivation to move on from your current position can seem impossible. That’s why it’s essential to discover your passion. Once you start to latch on to the possibilities for your future career, it transforms into something tangible and pursuable.
People close to you can help you uncover your true passions in life.
While no one knows you better than yourself, sometimes we get caught up in our own thoughts, doubts and fears that we’re subconsciously unable to see the obvious. Instead of stressing yourself out, just ask the people closest to you. Often, all you really need is an honest perspective from friends and family to see the light that awaits you.
The process is simple: just ask your friends, family and colleagues a few questions. Choose people who know you well and will be honest. Here are a few questions to help get the conversation started:
- What do you consider my biggest passions and why?
- What are some of my natural strengths and talents?
- What do you think I’d be good at doing as a career?
- What would you pay me to do if you didn’t know me?
If you don’t take the first step, you’ll never get where you want to go.
Not knowing what you want to do is not an excuse for inaction. Most adventures in life happen without having a specified plan – that’s what makes them adventurous and exiting. The pursuit of your passions is no difference. If you want to make a change in your career, you have to be dedicated to progress. There’s no right or wrong step, there’s only moving forward.
Take your first step today.
Ask around and determine your true passions.
We’d love to hear what you discover – share with us!
“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.”
– Sheryl Sandberg