Were you ever told as a child that you aren’t supposed to love your job? I know I was. I was raised believing that what I did for a living was simply to make money so that could pay for things I actually enjoyed. Not knowing any better I believed it.
Then I went away to university…
Sitting in my dorm room I realized something. My job was going to be 60-70% of my life. I would be going to work for 8 or 9 hours a day and doing that for at least 40 years. That is a lot of hours in my lifetime I would be doing something that I hated. So I vowed I would find a job I actually liked.
At first I thought it was being a professor. Yes, my first ever career path was deciding that I wanted to be in school for at least another 8 years after undergrad. I got down from that horse real quick. Then I decided I wanted to be a pharmacist. I changed my major, and I even went as far as to write the standardized test and apply to schools. But then I started working in a pharmacy. Don’t get me wrong, I loved what I did (although I was not the best at it) , but as I spoke to pharmacists I realized that I hated what they did.
After that I had no idea what I wanted to do/be. So I decided to fall back on coaching, and by falling back I mean I used the tools that coaching provided me with to find out who I was and what I wanted to do. I had one set of criteria: I had to love every moment of my job. I was not afraid to work hard, I was not afraid of the challenges that may arise but so help me God if I hated the tasks I had to do.
That lead me to become a tutor. At first it was just a few hours a week at a center, then as I grew to love it I took on students outside of the center. I now have 8+ students who I visit weekly, as well as another 12 students who I teach at the center. And you know what? I don’t only love it, I have fun while I do it. Criteria checked.
My two jobs (influencing and teaching) may not be conventional. I may not make as much out of school as I could have if I went to Pharmacy school, but I love them, and I have the potential to continually increase my income throughout my life time.
I am not saying that you have to follow the path I did.. actually I encourage you not to if it doesn’t feel right. But I do want you to find something that you love and go for it.
Having fun is where is the success happens.
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