The topic of what you’re going to do, what you’re doing or what you should be doing with your life is the most overused one in history.
From the minute a child starts talking, there’s speculation as to what he or she will “become” in life. As we get older, the speculation turns into gentle prods, until eventually everybody has something to say about how you’re going to make money. I don’t really blame them, after all without money you can’t exist the way you should.
But, what I’m getting at is that there’s a whole lot of pressure.
Plus, it’s not only external pressure. There’s this tornado of feelings within, this inner indecisiveness that seems to creep up every time you’re supposed to make a commitment to doing something for the rest of your life.
In short, choosing the right career, job or money-making activity can be a challenge. Nobody wants their life to spiral downhill because they decided to venture into a profession that they really shouldn’t have. And nobody wants to wake up one day rich, but severely unfulfilled.
That being said, it doesn’t have to be a blind jump into the unknown when it comes to choosing a career, job or money-making activity. In fact, there are a few things that you can do to help you make the “right” decision, one that will truly satisfy you.
Before we get into that though, let me explain to you why I use three different terms for work, namely career, job and money-making activity. Here’s my interpretation of these terms;
- A money-making activity is work that pays you, but doesn’t fall under the classic description of what everyone thinks a job should be. Digital revenue streams like blogging and affiliate marketing fall into this category. I’m not saying that you can’t make a substantial living off being a blogger or an affiliate marketer, or any other kind of digital revenue stream. What I’m saying is that when it comes to activities in this group, people are often going to ask: “Is that really a job?” And that’s totally fine.
- A job is a traditional standalone work option not directly related to your bigger goal. Basically, it’s often used as a stepping stone either for experience in a particular field, or a way to save money to jump into something else. For example, you could get a job as an administrative assistant, whereas your dream is having a career as a chef. Being an administrative assistant is in no way, shape or form related to being a chef, but you need the money you’ll earn from that job to pay for culinary school.
- A career is that proverbial unicorn we’re told to chase after in high school and college. A career is most typically a series of jobs in the same field, each higher up on the rung than the first. However, a career can also be a single job that you’re satisfied with that you just don’t want to ever stop doing to so you make yourself the best ever at that job. Since we’re all told to find a career, people often jump into a field they don’t even like to try and make a career out of it, because “careers are the ultimate standard.” Don’t get me wrong, careers are wonderful – but they only make sense if you’re truly passionate about your choice.
Now that we’ve got those three terms defined, it’s time to move on to how you can be sure that the career, job or money-making activity that you’ve settled on is what you really should be doing. Here are 5 tips to help you figure it all out:
- Give it time – this is first on this list because I believe it’s the most important. Time is the master of everything that we try to bring to fruition. You can be in the right field and on the right path but if you quit too soon, you’ll never experience the monumental joy of success that would be yours if you had weathered the storm. Nothing good has ever come easy. Patience is a key component.
- Follow your heart – this tip might be foreign to you, especially if you have lived your life thus far suppressing what you really believe and think to fit in, or please the people around you. In order for you to utilize this tip, it requires a bit of observation. You need to connect with yourself and figure out what it is you like doing, even if it’s something unconventional. Once you’ve found what you’re passionate about, it makes it all the more easier to work towards it.
- Expose yourself as much as you can – no, this tip isn’t endorsing public nudity (lol). Instead it’s all about exposing your mind. You need to broaden your horizons and make yourself aware of all the possibilities that the world offers. I can promise you that there are more options out there than you realize – you just have to know that they exist so you can aspire to them. After all, you can’t crave chocolate if you’ve never tasted it before. You won’t find what you’re passionate about if you don’t know it actually exists.
- Find somebody who’s doing what you want to do – I think this is a big thing in the progression of any career, job or money-making activity. It’s true that just knowing that something can be done make it seem all easier to us. Therefore, you need to find someone who has accomplished what you want to accomplish and shadow them. Study their lives and see what key steps they took that led to their success. This individual doesn’t have to be someone you know personally, as long as you have access to information about the person (like on the internet, perhaps) then you can make a roadmap out of their life.
- Give it your best shot – this is another important point. Like Eric Thomas always says, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” I’m sure we all need to breathe. That’s how much you should want to be successful.
What you want to achieve isn’t out of your reach, and everyone can find their calling through a career, job or money-making activity. The first step to it all is believing that you can. Do you believe?