Does passion fuels your career or does your job fuel your passions?
When you ask anyone: are you happy with your life, is it the way it should be, do you do what you love etc, the standard answer is "YES" yet majority aren't but are afraid to admit it as if they failed at life otherwise. In terms of our careers there seem to be two kinds of people, the ones who go to their job every day so they can go home, have a steady paycheck and live out their passions with little stress, if they have other passions...then there are those :) who pursue their dreams, work for themselves no matter what cost, how much effort it takes, what they lose along the way as they believe and trust the gain is so much greater...Freedom yet so many are tied to their businesses and instead of being leaders, they are workers in their business.
Security is an illusion whether you have a boss or are your own boss with some exceptions though some will claim we get up and decide what the day will look like, feel more in control vs. having someone else decide...then there are others who know they have more stability working for a big corporation and the risk of losing their job is slim so they endure spending most of their day doing what they don't feel passionate about to live it up on weekends... which one are you? Any regrets, advice for others etc...And if you aren't living out your passion but are planning on it, where are you in that process?
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There are many ways to make your mark in a profession or career. Receiving a quality education, obtaining and developing the right skill sets, building meaningful relationships are just a few that come to mind.
But, how do you go about it?
To start, know what your passion is. It should and will fuel your job and career. What excites you? What makes you happy?
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- Guy A. Catalino, CMC.
Personally I'm not doing my dream job, I never have done, however, I do find it immensely interesting and engaging and I treat it like a true passion which it has become in time.
In my journey to uncover my passion, I've realized something so simple. Passion doesn't necessarily mean that what you are currently doing is, for a lack of a better term, useless. I have a passion for helping people and there are so many avenues I could take that involve helping others. Who's to say that being an assistant in the business world isn't in fact my calling? However, if I could (which I'm sure it's possible), I would do what I love on my own terms. But the "security" aspect keeps me in the place where I am.
Similar question, when one cooks what drives him/her to do so? There is one format when you have three things apart from Ingredients and equipment, Independence to do what you want, Right presence of mind to do it and having fun while doing it. These things drives one to cook for self/loved ones.
Whereas when there is a strict procedure to be followed, with set targets and set expectations. The activity gets mundane and monotonous.
Almost every person who I know of has been through both the stages mentioned above. The first segment is preferable. The second option is there to ensure one gets elevated to the first segment by learning the system.
You have to follow your passion, and the rest will come. To be truly happy with what you do money has to be secondary, not saying it is not important. Having money be an after thought means you would do the job no matter the pay. There is no such thing as a secure job anymore, life it too short to hate your job!!!
Can there be a middle ground? Somewhere in between doing what you have to do to get by and doing what you love? Work is work no matter how much you love it, there are days that you want to take a break. I think the key is finding the balance between doing what you are passionate about and doing what you love. If you only do what you are passionate about no matter how passionate you are there are days where you just want to take a break and do something (else) that you love. For example, some teachers love their jobs, but by the end of the year they just want to do something they love like go to the beach. Too much of anything isn't really that good for you.
I think it is about finding the balance and making sure that your job fits into and enhances your quality of life. Some people like more structure than others. Some people can work for other people. Some people can't. Some people like the freedom of being their own boss, other people like the safety and structure associated with working for a corporation.
I think it is an ever changing process that changes throughout people's lives.