Updated: Mar 25, 2022
When I was growing up I wanted to be so many things; a Police Woman, a Doctor, a Veterinarian, the list goes on! I had so many jobs after I left school, I was a nanny, I worked in restaurants and bars, I was a travel agent and I was even in the Air Force. I was in my late 20s when I decided to go and see a career coach, and what a great decision! She helped me to figure out what it is that I love doing (helping people) and put it into action (study). It was not easy at all, and I had to put my study on hold for a couple of years, but I did manage to complete it via correspondence, and also raise my 4 young children at the time. Anything is possible when you have a dream and when you make up your mind.
When you were a child, I’m sure you were asked hundreds of times, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" When asked the question, did you have an answer at the ready, or did you need a few minutes to think about it? We all had dreams of becoming something great, like a fireman, a teacher, or a rock star, just to name a few.
So, how did you do? Maybe you never aspired to be what you set out to be or said that you would become. But, things change. The older we get, our tastes change, our view of the world changes, even our goals change.
One of the most important lessons I have learned during my career path is to do something that you love to do. Why is this important? I feel that if you enjoy what you make a living at, you end up being happy in more ways than one. Life itself becomes much more interesting and fun. You find yourself speaking passionately to others about your work. The experiences you have along the way become much more rewarding, and enrich your life in many ways. You meet fascinating people. I know people who have turned favourite hobbies into small businesses, and have succeeded. Sure, they may have had to sacrifice a steady paycheck for their happiness, but not one of them either turned back or gave up. Their passion carried them through to success.
While no job or business is perfect, the important thing is to enjoy it, even learn from it. If you are unhappy in your current situation, why not take steps now to change it? Somewhere out there is a job or business that is perfect for you. If you are already there, that is wonderful! If not, realise that it may take some time to figure out what you really want to do, and even more time to actually get there. That’s all right! I can tell you from experience that finding and doing what you love is absolutely worth it, every step of the way. All of the research, training, and hands-on experience has made me a stronger, happier person. Feeling in charge of my own destiny…well, there just is no greater feeling.
Do what you love, and love what you do, whatever that may be. You’ll be happier for it, trust me. I promise you will never look back.