I’m sure you were asked this question at least once when you were a youngster. When asked, did you have a ready answer or did you need a few minutes to think about it? Growing up, we all had dreams of becoming something great, like a fireman, a teacher, or a rock star, to name a few. Well, how did you do? Maybe you never aspired to be what you set out to be or said that you would become. But then again, things change. The older we get, our tastes change, our view of the world changes, and even our goals change.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during my career journey is to always do something I love to do. Why is this important? I feel that if you enjoy what you make a living from, you will end up being happy in more ways than one. Life itself becomes much more interesting and fun and you will find yourself speaking passionately to others about your work. The experiences you have along the way become much more rewarding, and enrich your life in many ways. You will also meet fascinating people. Personally, I know people who have turned favorite hobbies into small businesses and have succeeded at it. Sure, they may have had to sacrifice a steady paycheck for their happiness, but not one of them either turned back or gave up. Their passion carried them through to success.
While no job or business is perfect, the important thing is to enjoy it and even learn from it. If you are unhappy in your current situation, why not take steps now to change it? Somewhere out there is a job or business that is perfect for you. If you are already there, I applaud you. If not, realize that it may take some time to figure out what you really want to do, and even more, time to actually get there. But that’s still all right! I can tell you from experience that finding and doing what you love is absolutely worth it every step of the way. All of the research, training and hands-on experience has made me a stronger, happier person. Feeling in charge of my own destiny…well, there just is no greater feeling than that!
Do what you love, and love what you do, whatever that may be. You’ll be happier for it, trust me. I promise you will never look back.