CAREER: Why You Need to do what you Love.
How many times have you been able to say with a straight face to a stranger, that you love what you do?
Odds are more likely than not, it’s not something that enters your speech. I remember early in my career I was wildly blessed to be placed on the fast track at a financial services institution. I couldn’t believe my luck (well, I could after 10 failed attempts at getting a “normal” marketing job when graduating) that I found THE job. The one with a perfect fit, where I loved every assignment and all of the people around me.
Of course the nature of this work changes and you become more demanding (as any Gen Y YUP would) when it comes to your job satisfaction and happiness. With the rise of entrepreneurship as a common career path, our expectations are soaring to incredible levels when it comes to success, salary, and work-life balance. You can’t have it all, but you can have a lot – here are four ways to get started on figuring out how to do what you love.
What are you GREAT at (not just good)?
Chances are by now, you have an idea of where your skills lie. Maybe you’re a good writer, someone talented with Adobe Creative Suite, or someone that just knows how to project manage like no other. Finding that key skill that you enjoy is difficult, but doable. It’s the quest in how you push yourself to find it that matters.
Are you constantly saying to yourself “I don’t know what I’m passionate about”? I hear you. This is your discovery phase, learn live and love every project that you’re working on. You’ll thank yourself later when you have a huge breadth of work behind you that you can tell stories about. The important thing is to do it.
What are your Motivations?
Money is never the top line motivator. It’s not what makes you spring out of bed in the morning and run to work. Find and write down THREE key things that make you want to work day in and day out. Here are a few of mine:
- I want to find fulfillment in bringing the right people together
- I need to have a place to release creative ideas and bring them to a business setting
- I want to entertain people / show people a great time
Do you have a thirst to learn everything above and beyond your job role?
Jobs are 9-5 “do it because you have to” roles. Careers are life long and all encompassing. Do you want to do something far beyond the scope of what your job actually is? Do you have personal will to want to do more and learn more? Then you’re on the right track. If you don’t currently feel like you can remotely see yourself wanting that, then get out of what you’re doing and fast.
Get the Opinion of someone you Respect.
What happens when you end up in a place where you’re not doing what you love? Your performance lacks, your interest dwindles, and hey, other people notice. Let me tell you a secret – I was once laid off. It wasn’t shocking, it was difficult to cope with afterwards (subsequently I was on the receiving end of an ending relationship), but I picked myself up and became stronger. These things happen, they’re not pleasant, and you realize who your true friends are in the process.