Do you have the opportunity of earning your living doing what you are most passionate about?
Chances are, you are don’t.
All too often we work on jobs — sometimes even successfully — in which we have little passion for… simply because we need a job and the money.
If your primary motivation is the bottom line then maybe it doesn’t make any difference as long as you’re making money and providing for you and your family a desirable lifestyle.
But, if your goal is for a job, career or business you can love and do with a passion then it may make a difference.
True, some people just fall into their lifelong passion with little or no trouble. Maybe they grew up in the family business, never knew anything else or cared to learn anything else and found contentment staying close to the nest.
However, this is not always the norm. Most of us strive to leave the proverbial nest and fly over the fence to see if the grass is greener.
One thing is certain: if your interest is more than earning and making a living, then you will never feel happy and satisfied if your job is not your passion, no matter how much you earn or how high you rise. It is therefore, imperative that your career syncs with your passion.
When that is the case, work becomes fun, and success becomes effortless.
It’s never too early or too late to discover your passions and act on them but first determine what you’re passionate about. When you understand your own passions a whole new world of possibilities opens up.
Step back and take a close look at where you are now and what brought you there. Perhaps, you’re a plumber but long to travel. More than likely you’ll make more money being a plumber, but if you’re not happy each day and dread going to work, then the bottom line is not your motivating factor. See, you’re learning about yourself already.
Look at your passions from all angles. In the case of travel, is it really the travel you love or is it exploring new lands and meeting new people. You could meet new people and make new friends in all kinds of endeavors.
Meeting lots of people as a plumber is usually limited. Maybe you enjoy making travel plans and scheduling cruises and flights which could lead to a travel or tour business.
It’s important to search your passions from different directions. What you think your passions are could be just admiration of others who do what you think you would like to do. Would you like being a writer but don’t have the discipline to sit down and write?
Do you admire a person who makes birdhouses for a living but you hate to be cooped up in a wood shop all day? You love to be a nurse, but freak out at the sight of blood? Don’t confuse your passion with admiration.
You can bet people who are working at whatever their passion spent long hours to get where they are today. But, if it’s truly your passion, getting there will be a joy. Explore your passions whatever they are and take them to the next step.
Learn all you can about your passion. Take a class or a course, volunteer or intern in the field you love. See where the path leads. It could lead you right back to where you were in the first place but you owe it to yourself to find out. Enjoy the journey.