You’ve got to find what you love… Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle. ~ Steve Jobs
No job is going to be perfect all of the time, but if you find yourself continually dreading going into work, or with the strong feeling that there is something else you should be doing, it is time to take the leap and find a job you really love! Here are a few suggestions to get you started down the road of finding work you really do love:
Don’t Stop Searching
As Steve Jobs says above “keep looking and don’t settle”. I think that is one of the best pieces of advice any of us can follow when trying to find our passion or turn it into something that can support us financially. It took me over twelve years of my adult life to find work I love (and it is still evolving!). Some people grow up clear what they want to do and some of us need to uncover it for ourselves through life experiences. Either way: my advice is doing stop searching! You are never “too old” and it is never “too late” to do work that really lights you up.
If you don’t know what you love to do, I recommend “What colour is your parachute” to get you started. It is great resource to get in touch with what you really enjoy doing and how that can translate into work you love.
Manage Your Money
Whatever you are doing right now, managing your money well will give you more options in terms of finding a job you love in the long term. If you are on top of your money situation you may find that you could go part time (and freelance in your new career in your spare time) or even take a sabbatical to work out what you want to do with your life. Either way, living pay check to pay check will decrease your options. Manage your money to increase your personal freedom and chances of finding work you really love.
Whatever you do, don’t stop searching for work that you love.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach, Mentor & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps people achieve their goals and dreams.