What do you want to be when you grow up? I’m sure you were asked this question at least once when you were a child. When you were asked this question, did you have an answer at the ready? Or did you need a few minutes to think about it?
We all had dreams of becoming something. Maybe it was to be a fireman, a teacher, a soap star, or a rock star. 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, the more our tastes change, our view of the world change, even our goals change.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during my career path is to do something you love. Why is this important? If you enjoy what you do, you end up being happy in more ways than one. You find yourself speaking passionately to others about your work. The experiences you have along the way become much more rewarding and they enrich your life in different ways.
You meet fascinating people. I know people who have turned favourite hobbies into small businesses and they have succeeded. Sure, they may have had to sacrifice a steady paycheck for their happiness, but not one of them ever 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 to 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’re already there, I applaud you. If not, don’t worry; it can take some time to figure out what you really want to do and even more time to actually get there.
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 is a feeling that can’t be beaten.
Do what you love and love what you do. You’ll be happier for it, trust me. I promise you will never look back.