We’ve all heard the old saying that if you love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life, but how many of us are actually doing it? Probably, not enough.
If you’re not pursuing your passion, it’s definitely time to start. Whether you’re landing your first job or have been in the field for years, it’s time to rethink what you want to do and how to do it. So don’t put it off any longer.
When you’re doing the work you’re passionate about, the motivation and ideas come a lot easier. Think about how simple it is to come up with ideas when it comes to something you care about and can relate to. Next, realize that you’ll be less resentful of your work. When there’s a lot on your plate or if you’re asked to stay after or do more, you’ll be happier to do so because it means doing what you love. Finally, you’ll be more willing to go above and beyond. You will ultimately become even more successful in your career because you will be putting in that extra effort that makes employers giddy. You probably have a lot of years of work ahead of you, so why not spend it doing what you love?
Now that you know why it’s important, here’s exactly how to follow your passion:
- Identify your passion. First things first, you need to know what you’re passionate about. Don’t worry if you have more than one passion — most of us do. If you’re passionate about languages, for example, you’re career could take you in any number of directions. A passion for language and technology could lead you to one of the many aspects of working with a translation agency. Languages and writing could lead you to journalism or editing. Languages and marketing could lead you to PR. The possibilities are endless.
- Talk to others. Maybe you don’t know what your passion is yet, and that’s fine. There are plenty of ways to figure it out and to get on track to success. Ask your friends and family. Chances are they’re more observant of what you’re good at than you are. Just don’t let your mom give you that “you’re good at everything” answer. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but if you’re terrible at math you’ll never be an actuary.
- Go back to your childhood. Think about what you liked to do as a child. Were you the one always painting, dancing, or playing sports? Were you loud and outgoing or more shy and reserved? These kinds of things can all play a vital role in what you’re innately good at and naturally drawn to. You know, before the rest of society and life pressures got to your head.
- Leave money out of it. What would you do if money weren’t an object? Pretend that you’re not searching for the most financially stable job, and just search for the one that sounds the most appealing. No amount of the money will be worth it if you’re miserable doing what you’re doing, and in the end, it start feeling like 10 times the amount of work. There are profitable ways to follow your passion.
Once you let some of the other pressures, expectations and outside influences go, it’s much easier to find what you love and to actually embrace it.
You’ll find that once you do that, you will lead a happier life as well as maintain a much more fulfilling career.