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How to Find and Do What You Love

We all want it.

Most of us have been chasing it since we started working.

Some are lucky and have already found it – and some never will.

It’s the feeling of finding and doing what you love.

For me, I know exactly what it feels like and also what it doesn’t feel like. And what I’ve learned is that you can’t fake happiness forever in a job that’s not ‘The One.’ Much like realizing someone’s not right for you, you have to be honest with yourself at some point and move on.

You might ask, ‘How do you find and do what you love?’ It’s simple really, it’s a feeling.

Think about a few things you love doing and make a priority whenever you have free time. It could be reading, writing, gardening, volunteering, playing sports, cooking, exercising, crafting…the list goes on.

Now think about what it feels like when you do these things. That’s what it will feel like when you’re doing something you love for a living – seriously.

Now you know what I’m talking about – you get in that groove, time flies and you don’t want to stop working until you’re absolutely exhausted. It requires a lot of time and effort to reach your goals, but the difference is you don’t feel like it’s something you have to do; it feels like something you want to do.

I recently worked on a project that made me feel this way. It was a big wake up call because I remembered what it felt like to do something I love – a feeling I haven’t felt in a while.

If you’re like most of us who are trying to find a fulfilling job that doesn’t feel like work, don’t settle. Measure feelings about your work against how you feel when you’re doing something you love and see if it matches up. This will help you discover a career you truly love.

How did you know when you were doing what you love?

One thought to “How to Find and Do What You Love”

  1. Interesting insight and advice. You need to be a little careful here especially if you don’t realize the bigger picture or what may be right under your nose. I remember years ago going on a hike with some friends to a mountain top. Everyone but me was focused on the goal to reach the top-the destination. I realized on the way that the real beauty was staring us right in the face along the trail. I think sometimes we may get too wrapped up in getting to the next step that we don’t see what really have right before our eyes. There were many times during my career that I wondered if I wouldn’t be happier doing something else especially during times when I had little respect for my immediate supervisor or felt like my company was going in the wrong direction. During these times I did some real soul searching and realized that I needed to endure rough patches to make me stronger and wiser and realized all the good things about my job and all that I had accomplished. If you jump ship every time you find something you don’t like in your job then you will never find happiness because guess what? There is no such thing as the perfect job. You couldn’t design a perfect job because you don’t have complete control over everything including customer satisfaction, accounting, and employee/coworker issues. I am not saying to stay with a job you have grown to dislike for whatever reason but to stay longer enough to know that it may not be the job or company for you. In other words take the time to smell the roses and the beauty of the trail on the way to the mountain top.

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