Certain things in life are far more important than others. Most people spend at least 40 hours a week at their job, which amounts to about 2,000 hours a years (assuming 2 weeks of vacation). Do you really want to spend 2,000 hours a year doing something you don’t enjoy?
Finding a career you’ll love should be one of the most important things you ever do. It’s right up there with finding the love of your life and raising children. In fact, if you love your career, you’re more likely to have a happy marriage and a happy family because you’ll be fulfilled with your work.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to do something specific with your life, but you feel like you cannot leave your current career situation. Here are a few practical tips you should put into practice, if you want to truly love your career.
Money Should Barely Be a Factor
Often, money clouds our judgement when it comes to what’s right for us. So many people choose a career based on the money they will make or can make as they climb the corporate ladder. Boys that once dreamed of fighting fires, helping people as a doctor or teaching children become managers and executives because of the salary.
Money will get you stuck in a job/career you don’t like. It will even become the rationalization you use to stay at that place of employment. If you want to find a career you love, you must take money out of the equation.
Discover your Motivation
Humans are motivated by different things and usually it goes back to what we used to love as children. Our childhood may be the window into a career we will love and may just show us the right direction. Somewhere along the lines, we forget what we used to love to do and what motivated us as a child. Rediscovering what motivates us may be the key to finding the right career for you.
Following Your Curiosity
What makes you curious to find out more? What drives you to get out of bed and gets your brain working? Your curiosity could be the key to solving the career puzzle.
If it’s not working, Quit Now, not Later
Of course, it may not be practical to quit your job today if you have children and a spouse depending on you. However, if you know things are not working, start taking steps in the direction of leaving for a new career immediately. Putting this off any longer than you absolutely have to could keep you at a job you hate for the rest of your life.
Don’t Set a Low Ceiling
You are the only one that gets to decide how high up the ladder you climb. You get to set your professional ceiling not your boss or anyone else. If you want to be the CEO of a company, figure out what that looks like, put together a plan and start working towards that goal.
Goals should stretch us and help us to grow. If you set too low of a ceiling, you may never find a career you’ll truly love.
Finding a career you will love is one of the most important things you will do with your life. Take this task very seriously, set goals and put together a plan. You might be surprised at how much your life changes when you’re in a career you love.