Friday, January 18, 2013

Hate Your Job? Do What You Love!

A recent study by Parade magazine and Yahoo! Finance discovered that 60 percent of Americans would choose a different career.  Think about that.  Almost two thirds of the American workforce desires to be in a different line of work.  Sure everyone hates their job from time to time or at least wishes they had a better or higher paying one.  But to imagine that a majority of Americans would choose to change their career is outstanding.

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in it, and it will come naturally.  -David Frost

So how do we find a career that we love?

We must find a combination of:

What you are good at: Build on your strengths. You should strive to be the best in your field, which will take time and effort, so you need to start from areas where you’re good. If you’re bad at something, you can improve to the point where you are OK, but you are unlikely to become the best, and the time you spend trying may be better spent elsewhere. In terms of job happiness, being bad at something is really demoralizing. Of course, don’t count yourself out of anything you haven’t tried.


What you are interested in:
Choose a field that makes you want to go to work every day, or, perhaps more realistically, something where the opportunity drives you through the inevitable ups and downs of employment (and life). You can be interested in a functional area (e.g., how do we market new products?), an industry, or both.

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