The word “passion” may seem to be a strange word to pair with “career,” but it adds to personal happiness. But being passionate about what you do for a living is key in making the most of the second chapter of your career.
Have you read about career coaches telling you to “follow your passion” during seminars? That is a good piece of advice, sure, but putting it into action is easier said than done. You may say that you have an idea of what you want to achieve in life, and from the things you’re good at. But applying it to your career can make things complicated.
Have you ever wished to be like those people who have a clear cut vision of what they want to be when they were five years old? Have you been reevaluating your choices as an adult as you search for your passion? Don’t worry: we all share this situation at one point or another.
The second chapter of your career is where you follow this passion, by finding a job that fits who you really are. If you are currently in a career that is a mismatch for your personality and what you want in life, then leave it behind: it’s never too late for you to start anew. Here are some ways on how you can find your real passion in life.
Walk down memory lane
Career passions are formed when people are kids. That is the time when you are asked what your ambition in life is. What are the things that you love to do when you were a child? Did you love playing mechanic or doctor? Did you love playing as teacher? What did you see your career to be in your daydreams?
When things aren’t working, leave
There are many people who are stuck in a job that they hate with all their might. Despite knowing what they want in life, they remain in their jobs for security purposes: never mind that going to work every day is an ordeal. This wrong thinking prevents you from discovering what you want, leaving you, instead, to stagnate. If your present situation simply is not working out, it is high time to pack your bags and leave.
What piques your interest?
There are probably things that interest you, that can motivate you to find something that will work. Following the things that you are curious about can inspire some creative juices, so start by asking yourself: If you won a huge amount of cash in the lottery, what will you do with the money?
Focus on a niche
Once you’ve found that things that excite you, regardless of the industry, focus on those. Draw inspiration from them. and make them work for you. Don’t let others hinder you through discouragement: These sorts of people will always be present in society. Rather, draw inspiration from people who took the road less traveled.
Money as secondary consideration
When you are doing something you love, money comes in as a secondary concern. Considering how much you will earn, every time you work, will limit your options and experiences. Again, consider: what would you want to do if money were no object? Think about the skills that come naturally to you. Are you good in math? What are the things that are easy for you and not for others? This can be a possible career path.
Don’t set a limit for yourself
Don’t let a job title limit you to what you can do. Doing something that is beyond your job will leave more room for career growth. What are the areas where people see you as an authority or expert? Are you good in repairing broken stuff? Are you an expert when in comes to sports analysis? Write down those things that you are good at, and that you think are you an expert on.
Lastly, never rely on what other people think about what your career should be. Some allow society to dictate what they should be, and they end up not being happy with what they do. You know yourself better than others, and with that, you know what you want. You may experience failures as you go along, but these things will strengthen you and make you rich in experience. Always remember that experience is the best teacher. With these experiences, you will be able to mentor others in the future, secure in the fact that you are following you passions and your own best interests.