How To Win at Your Career

“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.” ~ St. Catherine of Sienna

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     Dream, Courage, Inspire, Harmony

I have always told my kiddos how important it is to find a career doing something they passionately love. I think that’s advice every parent should pass on to their children.

I remember being told “Get a GOOD job and make GOOD money.” While I can appreciate the logic behind that, I wonder how much that influences people into thinking that they need to make a fortune to be happy. Having a house filled with the best “stuff” isn’t the key to happiness. Based on what I see, it seems the pressure to have material things is what creates stress. Don’t pick a career based on the money involved. Ask yourself why it matters. To make loads of money so you can buy the best of everything to impress people? No. Don’t do it for that; it’ll never be rewarding if you’re only in it for the money.

There are alternatives to going to college after high school, yet many high school graduates go to college without the slightest idea of a major. Don’t randomly pick a career because you’re at a loss of what to do. Don’t spend however many years in college pursuing a degree in a field you’re not sure you want to be in. It’s a waste of time and money. Give yourself time to find your purpose. Think about the things you truly enjoy and find ways in which you can build a career around your passion(s). Remember, your work is going to span 40’ish years. It’s worth the time to make sure it’s something you love.

Successful family businesses offer job/financial security for generations. For those who want to carry on with tradition, it’s an awesome thing to do; for some people, it’s not the answer, but that’s okay. Don’t cave into the pressure of running the family business or stay in a profession to continue with family “tradition” if it’s not something you want to do. It will never be rewarding to you if you’re doing it to make other people happy.

When it comes down to it, YOU are the one who will face the job every day. Regardless of your reasons for having “that job”, you won’t find it rewarding if you don’t enjoy it. If you lack passion in what you do, if you don’t wake up every morning with a smile on your face, looking forward to your job, you won’t feel like you’re doing something meaningful. Passion is important because it drives you to put 1000% of yourself in your work.

How do you know you’re in the right place, doing what you’re meant to do?

  • Salary doesn’t matter, as long as it keeps you comfortable.
  • If money was no object, you’d do it as a volunteer.
  • You wake up every day, looking forward to your job.
  • You don’t feel constantly stressed out, in need of a vacation.
  • You leave work, feeling tired but exhilarated by what you’ve accomplished.
  • You don’t constantly “clock-watch” so you can keep track of how much longer before you can leave or stop working.
  • You know you’re there because you want to be, not because you have to be.

Whether or not we realize it, what happens in our career “spills over” into the other aspects of our life ~ relationships, health, leisure time, socializing. When one area of our life suffers, so do the others. It all depends on our personal definition of success. What does it mean to you?

To me, it means:

  • creating positive ripples to make the world a better place.
  • finding and fulfilling my purpose to the best of my ability.
  • forging and maintaining successful, loving, relationships with loved ones throughout my life.
  • living with intention, making every moment count.
  • paying it forward.
  • being the best {authentic} version of me.

When “career” is all about {the money and the stuff} without {the purpose and the passion}, it eventually leads to regret and, ultimately, unhappiness. In conclusion, I leave you with this final thought:

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”― Pablo Picasso


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