How Does One Pick a Happy and Fulfilling Career?

The most common mistake people make when choosing a happy and fulfilling career is that they wait to be hit in the face with passion.

Seeing this in movies and TV shows we have gotten to believe that passion is something so definite and easy to find that it just hits you square in the face when you see it. That is how passion in both love and your work works… right?

Wrong. The truth is that it is you who develops this passion over the course of time.

To find proof of this you simply need to look at the most passionate people in the world and at their past, in which you will see that they have invested years upon years of their lives into their passions and made them the biggest factors in their lives.

This is both true in relationships as well as their professions… but… what does this mean for you?

For you it means that you can literally become passionate about anything and everything if you so chose. Which means all you must do is chose something. It really doesn’t matter what.

Now, if you are having trouble with this step then just look at all the areas you could find joy in and pick the one that you would most like to do.

That is all!

There is nothing more you need to do other than pick any area and invest yourself in it. The problem that most people face in this is the fear of failure.
They imagine that the career path they want to chose is not going to make enough money, that a lot of people fail in it, and that it is just not safe and therefore won’t lead to a fulfilling career.

I had to go through a major depressive episode, after quitting dozens jobs, two started degrees and 4 years of spiritual search, to realize that this thought was completely wrong. So I do not blame you for thinking this as well… after all, most of the world pushes that thought.

There are so many people on this planet that have gone for the safe route, that have made a lot of money, and then dropped it all for what they really wanted anyway. Listen to your elders and what they have to say! ALL OF THEM will tell you that the thing that matters most is whether or not you enjoy what you do.

They are not saying this to make you feel good but because they regretted not doing it themselves.

For now, ignore the logical side of things and ask your emotional side what it really is you want to do. Then, instead of trying to rationalize why you can’t do it make your brain figure out how you could do it.

If you want a fulfilling career you must invest in it, improve in it, grow and find a way if there is none.

No one said this would be easy, but so what?

Imagine if you had everything you wanted. Imagine you waking up every morning loving what you do, being so passionate you could work 12+ hours 7 days a week without ever feeling like you made the wrong choice…

How much would you sacrifice for this? 5 years of your life? 10 years? Or do you really think so highly of yourself that you demand it within the next week?

There will be sacrifices along the way, you will have to pay in advance, you must know how much this is worth.
The reason I am talking so much about this is because if you are not committed, you will never find true passion and only dabble around in what you hope passion looks like. But you will never get the full force of it.

But… once you have decided and once you have committed to something, that is when you need to invest.

The only unbreakable law when it comes to investing to get passion is that it must be daily.

If you must then sacrifice sleep for it, or some time working out, or anything else but do something for your passion every day. It will take at least a year for you to see a drastic change, but if you can consistently do it for a year you will see a glimpse of what is to come.

Now, if you want to go above and beyond that, here are some things you can do become more passionate than you ever thought possible:

Invest in improving. It doesn’t matter how much you suck at first or how far you want to go, start one step at a time and invest all your energy in improving for a year.

Produce more than you consume. Once you are passionate you can consume, but you just do not have the time for that right now.

Invest as much time as you can. One hour a day is a minimum.

Get over yourself. People fail the most often in this because they get beaten by their emotions. As soon as they do not “feel like it” they drop all that work. Honestly, do you think so little of your passion that you would drop it just because you don’t feel like it today? Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Lincoln or Gandhi stopped because they “didn’t feel like it”.

Get help if you need it. Having someone to hold you accountable is going to make this a lot easier for you. Again, get over your pride and look at what really matters: your future. If that means getting help, investing in a coach or asking someone for a favor, is that not going to be worth it in the end?

Do the things that scare you. There will be moments when you know what to do but it scares the living hell out of you. That is exactly what you should do and what will push you to be more passionate at the end of it all!

Sacrifice the things that don’t matter as much as your passion. This can be anything from sacrificing time watching TV to sacrificing time with friends that only bring you down. You must know what you are willing to sacrifice and what you are not willing to sacrifice as no one can chose for you. Money, friends, time, energy, sleep, TV shows, movies, video games, pride… what are you willing to sacrifice for living a passionate, fulfilled life?

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