Are You Passionate about What You Do?

Most people I know commute thirty minutes to an hour each way to get to work, myself included, so I was amazed when I met someone whose apartment is a  five-minute walk  from his job. The trade-off, however, is that he has to commute everywhere else he goes–including getting groceries. His rationale was that with a five-day workweek and two-day weekend, it makes sense to have a easier commute during the week. If he needs to go anywhere on the weekends, he can easily take public transportation or the taxi. It’s worth it to commute on the weekends if his weekly commute is only ten minutes a day. This made total sense to me. This time-spent logic made me realize that a lot of people I’m around are not exactly happy with or passionate about the jobs they spend most of their time in. Isn’t that such a waste?

Too many people I talk to dislike their jobs. Because of this, it’s always a nice change to encounter people who are excited about their job and career prospects.

Life is too short to be unhappy in a job, so you should do something about it. The first, of course, is to evaluate whether you are in the wrong career or whether it is your attitude that you need to change. A few things to consider:

  1. What is making you unhappy about your job?
  2. Is this something that you can change or is it something you need to take up to your supervisor or higher ups?
  3. Take action. Speak to your supervisor to initiate change, or start looking for other options.

If you decide that you are in the wrong career path, maybe it’s time to consider what other options you have. What could make you happier? What inspires you? What kind of life do you dream for yourself? It’s easy to say that it’s too late to make changes, which is why people stick to the same old job that they dread walking into each day, but is it worth it? Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it; and it’s not too late for change.

  1. Consider doing research about your desired career path.
  2. Talk to people who have the job you might want and get their input.
  3. Take courses to get a better understanding of the field.
  4. Attend networking events to let people know about your interest.
  5. Take advantage of the opportunities that will bring you closer to a better place.

If unfortunately you can’t switch careers, at least try to find a hobby or interest that you can be passionate about so that there is something to look forward to at the end of your day or week. Life is too short to be unhappy.

Cheers!

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One thought on “Are You Passionate about What You Do?

  1. Dale Davidson says:

    Hey Shenny,

    One thing I think most people do is have unrealistic expectations for their job. It’s actually a lot less stressful and more enjoyable to think of your day job as…well…a day job. Something you do for money.

    This allows you to free up necessary mental space and energy to work on whatever side project interests you. This side project can hopefully grow to something more meaningful.

    Great post!

    -Dale

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