Two behaviors in life define who the person is: Questioning everything and being unafraid to go after what one wants.
Many people do not accept the average 9-to-5 as a career. They dream of spending their time on something big, long term and, and most prominently, something they would be passionate about and could really get behind.
For instance, college students move from course to course looking for their passion: They could start from psychology to computer science, neuroscience, and fine art to end up in film. They also could change majors and universities to discover what truly motivates them. The same goes for jobs: People struggle with finding the job they love.
But what are the ways that help you find your life’s passion and a career you love?
1. Quit rapidly when you know it is not working
Too many people do not like their jobs and feel they want to do something else. However, they stay in their detested jobs for a long time. Their primary reason is that they do not know yet what they want to do and they will continue not knowing it if they take no action. If your current situation is not working, you would better find something else.
If you leave your current job without knowing what you will do next, you will urgently need to discover what your next steps will be. You may feel very uncomfortable, but this will boost you to spend all your energy into finding the next thing.
2. Follow Your Curiosity
If you do not have a clear vision for your career, you should try to discover things, which may or may not be evident to you. Follow your curiosity and find out your less evident interests, which tap into your unique motivations that separate you from others and set you on the path of unlocking who you are and your creativity is. For instance, Steve Jobs’ curiosity for typefaces led him to attend a seemingly useless class on typography and to develop his design sensibility. Later, this sensibility became an essential part of Apple computers and Apple’s core differentiator in the marketplace.
3. Do not Make Money Your Main Consideration
If you want to live your life doing something you love, you would better consider the financial concerns as secondary. If your primary criteria is how much money you make, you will eventually limit your options. Nevertheless, if you follow your curiosity, you will find yourself in the position to make more money on your terms.
If you connect to your unique interests and motivations and you come into your own authentic self, you will have control in your chosen discipline that others cannot get.
4. Don’t Set An Artificial Ceiling For Yourself
Only you can put your professional ceiling.
A business owner once hired a designer and did not give her any official title. When he began receiving emails from her, he noticed that she added the word “Junior” to her designer title. It was very surprising for him because this title was never discussed before. For her, this was a way to limit the amount of responsibility she took on, as well as the expectations others would have of her. Therefore, if you want more growth, do not disappear behind the belief that someone else needs to empower you to do what you want to do.