Somebody finally said it: “There is also this widely popular saying “Follow your passion”; that is the most dangerous career advice that we can give anybody. (…) You will not land the perfect job, you will perfect the good job you have.”
“(…) Joseph Campbell and quote him and this wonderful quote “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there are only walls” (…) I should cite Steve Jobs (…)”Find what you love”, but I’m not gonna quote either(…), because what people who love their jobs tell us is that while those advice while popular is misleading. (…)What we know from people who love their jobs is that they take this job that is pretty good and they turn it into something amazing.”
From the moment you add responsibilities to a passion, it becomes less enjoyable. Let’s be honest here, we work because we have to. Either for money, sense of accomplishment, daily socializing or in the chase of a higher cause. But I enjoy having something besides my work that fills my time with only joy and relaxation. No deadlines, no co-workers, no limitations besides my own and no financial goals. And I think that is precious to have. You’re whole life can’t be about work. And not everyone can have their true passion as their job, and it’s not for everyone either.
What I mean by this is the realistic evaluation of your skills and capabilities, of your time and your priorities. Myth broken: just because you love doing something does not mean you’ll be good at it. It doesn’t mean you should make a career out of it, it is dangerous, leading to continuous disappointment, stress, emotional distress, and should we talk about those out-of-control finances? Your taste and “passions” change quite often, it is not equivalent to job, and consequently financial, stability.
Here is another great article about the same topic: http://frame.bloglovin.com/?post=5537941529&blog=5576861&frame_type=search&search_term=career
If you do manage to find the balance between work that you truly love and the other parameters of your life, than you have got it all figured out! Please share your amazing experience with all of us lost in illusion.
We already don’t know where to start when it is time to choose satisfying work; it can start from choosing your major to choosing a degree to choosing a career to invest in. We don’t know ourselves that well, we are not quite able to pin down exactly what makes us happy and how to successfully evaluate the risks of making life decisions.
Here is a great tool to help: https://80000hours.org/career-quiz/#/
We can only find the best tools to help us make such important decisions, talk with friends who know us to find out exactly what are our best qualities and which are professionally valuable and, along with that information, make self-reflection about what would truly be a good position in the work world for us. It is not easy. And your gut is not something that you can rely on. Probably your true potential lies in the most unexpected jobs, since there is so much we don’t even consider, blinded by our passions.
Consider your strengths instead of your pleasures, and save those for hobby activities. You can find value in your job by working for a higher cause, having the feeling that you have an impact and are contributing to change. That mission is what will bring you motivation to maintain and improve constantly your career.
Other criteria that will bring you happiness and satisfaction with your job are the perks, the ability to earn money to spend it in the things you truly like to do (which are mostly not work related), the environment, your colleagues and boss, the possibility to work from home, how much autonomy you get, etc. There is a lot to finding the right job, that you should definitely have in consideration!
So next time you think that a certain job is not glamorous enough, look again to see where the true level of happiness lies. Happy career hunting 😉
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