Recently the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that people should retire later and take fewer holidays.
When you ask a majority of people ‘What day of the week do you dislike the most?’ the reply is usually ‘Monday, because I have to go back to work.’
So the question I ask myself is ‘why do they continue to go back week after week?’ Isn’t quality of life more important than earning a living by doing a job you hate. How would you feel if now you had to do more hours, take less holidays and do it all for an extra 10 years?
It amazes me how many people are simply bored to tears with their job, finding themselves unchallenged and uninterested in their work.
Can you really just keep going on in this 9 to 5 rut, or isn’t it about time to consider other possibilities.
There are no guarantees to how long we are going to live. After all we could be crossing the street and get run over by a bus. None of us know when we are going to die but there is one thing that we do know – we all will die someday – could be in another 30 years, could be tomorrow morning. So shouldn’t we make the most of every second we have.
This is a controversial issue, but I’m sharing with you my thoughts. My belief is that we owe it to ourselves to make the most of the time we have here. In this I would certainly say we need more from life than just earning money – we want to be happy. To be happy we need to fulfil the need to live our passion. We could die at anytime. So surely it makes sense that we ensure that we spend as much of our time as possible died doing what we love most.
If you are stuck in a rut at work and keep asking yourself ‘surely there’s more to life than this?’ then it’s a sign telling you that you are not living your passion. So how much longer can you go on being discontented?
Do you want more in life? Do you want to follow your passions? How about doing your dream job in something you are passionate about.
Time is not on your side – so don’t wait for to long before you make the changes that you dream of. Don’t be your own worst enemy creating your own obstacles through the excuses you make why you can’t make these changes. If you really want something, you have the ability to get it.
You can easily find excuses, such as lack of money or time or resources making it impossible. In truth it is fear holding you back, stopping you pursuing your dreams.
Take small steps if you have to, but do what you love, patiently and persistently, the rewards WILL come.
If you are unhappy with your current job and presuming that you work for 8 hours, doing the conventional 9 – 5 shift, 5 days a week, you are spending 2080 hours a year, less maybe between 80 to 160 hours for your holidays, doing something that you hate.
Are you willing to spend most of your life doing something you dislike to bring in the money which pays the bills?
I was a marketing consultant. Earning a really good living. Travelling the country. But I wasn’t happy. I was offered advice given to me by one of my mentors more than eight years ago ‘Larry, do what you love, and the rewards will come.’
Although I was sceptical, I really wanted to believe that this could be true. If I followed my passion, and pursued what I loved for a living, would the rewards really come.
The answer, I have discovered, is “yes.” If you do what you love the rewards will come.” Maybe not immediately, but they do come.
Many people are reluctant to take a big step like this, but proper planning and analysis, should go a long way in helping you make the right steps.
Leaving your safe comfortable mundane but paying job to go into the land of the unknown is of course a frightening prospect. Taking this type of risk could affect your standard of living, even your ability to pay bills, particularly at the beginning.
I knew life was not just about being comfortable – its about living your passion.
When I came to make this decision, and take my steps towards my ‘new life,’ I truly believed in myself, my skills and ability. I took the risk, turned my back on my well paid job so that I could follow my passions.
I set out to follow my passions, and work at it for my living. The death of my sister, was the final piece in the jigsaw, that determined for me that now was the time for me to make the change. Life was to short not to.
For all of my adult life I had been passionate about personal development. Both learning it, but also teaching it. Now I wanted to make the difference. I took various courses to give me the qualifications I needed, and then became a Personal Development Coach. In time the money started rolling in, and I never looked back.
Then I started blogging. I didn’t do it for money, but because I loved it, and was passionate about helping more people than I could through my work. And I still do, and I still blog with passion. However, I’ve been lucky enough to start making a second income doing what I love, and this is growing month by month.
So my personal experience shows to me that when you focus on your passion , and find ways to allow your passion to impact others, you have a winning formula! When you are passionate about what you do, you give 110% and the results show.
Ask yourself ‘What am I deeply passionate about?’ An empowering question to give you a result that will help you move forward is “How can my passion provide me with a more than adequate income?
Put simply, what can you do that you’re excellent at, passionate about that can help you earn what you need, to sustain or improve your current standard of living.
Find out what you’re passionate about. This is often where you invest a lot of your time, energy and thoughts, or would like to. It doesn’t feel like a “waste” of time when you’re doing it, time just seems to evaporate and you would do it for no payment, just because you love it.
You need to actively look for opportunities to where you can possibly create income from your passions. In my case it was taking the necessary qualifications to become a personal development coach, and now also a blogger.
Now my passions generate my income, and I spend most of my day doing a job I love, which in turn means I am always energised, and the day seems to fly past.
So if you could select one of your favourite hobbies or past times, and make a living from it, what would it be? Reflect on what you love and ask yourself ‘Why are you not doing this already?’
For your whole life, so far, you may have been stuck doing jobs you hate just to make a living, so now just take a few minutes and think to yourself about the possibility of following your passions and allow them to create a whole new life for you. If you do make the decision to do this, and you are willing to be persistent, dedicated and put in a lot of hard work, the rewards could definitely be worth it.
You can do and be far more than what you have ever thought possible. So do what you love and enjoy the rest of your life!
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It is so important to enjoy life…like you said Larry, we all want to be happy. Even if we can’t immediately make the transition to working at what we love, allowing ourselves to dream and imagine a new future is the first step on that journey.
I so agree with you, we are meant to live a joy-filled life, and we can open our minds to start looking for something that interests and engages us, which will bring us more joy.
I so enjoy visiting your blog and getting a dose of upliftment!!
Becky. So many people go through life so desperate to survive that they don’t give themselves either the time or opportunity to open their minds let alone follow their passions. Thank you for your wonderful praise
Great post Larry! I loved all the points you made. I am lucky, I love my job, and don’t take it for granted. I hear a lot of people complain about their 9 to 5. Don’t like it, change it and find your passion.
Kati. Great comment. It is good to know we both love the jobs we do. I find it a crying shame how many people spend their lifes doing a job they hate, cursing it continuously, and yet never finding the courage or determination to to find what it is that could inspire them, and make money from it.
I couldn’t agree more with this post! One of the prayers I pray most for my children is that they would cultivate a passion for something. Something that would edify them and bring a positive impact to themselves and others in some way and just run with it. That their lives would be ones of fulfillment and full of inner peace because they would discover what they are passionate about and pursue it.
Jessica, that is very much our role as parents. To both pray/wish for our children that they find an empowering passion that can bring them much joy and fulfilment throughout their lives. But we also support this by being role models for them. By demonstrating our passions for personal growth we are leading by example, and this must rub of on them in some way.
have so often heard people say they are bored with their jobs and would like to do something that they loved doing but they never do. I agree it takes courage to plunge into the unknown but unless we do we will never know. Loved it Larry as always.
Rimly thank you. the 9-5 syndrome. I feel now with the economy across the world being so unstable, and therefore job security being so insecure, there has never been such a perfect time to take that plunge. People have to overcome their fears, and allow their passions to come to the forefront, insted of allowing themselves to face many more years doing jobs they hate, regeting that they never took the bull by the horns and took a leap of faith (think Jessica M is starting to influence me)
I like the way you ofer practical solutions and personal experience in this post, and can empathise with it having made a similar choice some years ago, to life/work do what I love and believe in: yoga.
Just a thought: so much store is set on ‘being happy’, and sometimes it is okay not to be. Being contented, appreciative of life, cultivating equanimity are equally worthwhile [something that yoga has taught me and helped my students too].
Whether one changes or stay with one’s job/life-situation, the common demoninator is one’s own self, and taking responsibility like you say.
Kalpana an excellent comment. You mention two of the most important elements of how to be, contentment and appreciating life
Passion gives men the motivation to achieve what they want. Come to think of this: Why are there highly skilled individuals who are willing to do a technically, sophisticated job and willingly volunteer their time not for their employers, but for someone else without asking something in return? It’s simply because “they like what they do.”
You know when you have found your passions, when you are prepared to give yourself fully for no charge, just for the fulfilment it can give you and others. My business partner is always there to tell me when i’m overdoing it, because he likes me charging for my time. But i cant turn my back on somebody when they need me.
I feel great after reading this encouraging post, thank you man for sharing this type of articles.
And now i am asking myself what am I deeply passionate about??? hope i get my destiny soon.
Mellisa you will find your passions, we all have them, we just have to go within and ask the right questions.
“Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth” Abraham Maslow