Having a career that you enjoy is not the key to happiness, but it can definitely help.
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Some people work simply to make money, but the job itself brings them down, at least during their work hours.
Having a career that is fulfilling can help in the pursuit of a well-rounded, joyful life.
It’s much easier said than done to have a career that you love, but I want to give some advice on how to find one that will make your life more fulfilling, overall.
Here’s how to get started
1. Assess What You Truly Want
“What is it that I want in a career?” This is the obvious question you need to ask yourself whenever you are assessing what you want in a career.
Some people may want money, others fame, and some may want to feel like they’re making a difference in the world.
I am not here to judge what you want to get out of a career, but I do encourage anyone struggling to find happiness in a career choice to truly assess what would make a career fulfilling to you, and be brutally honest.
2. Pursue Something You’re Passionate About
It may go without saying, but pursuing a career that involves something that you’re passionate about will make a job feel less like a chore.
Think about the things that inspire you to get out of bed in the morning; it is likely that your passions could lead to a career if you take the right steps and work hard along the way.
If you absolutely love working with children, becoming a teacher might be for you.
If you love aviation, then becoming a pilot might be for you.
Long-story-short, you can find a career you’re passionate about, but it will not happen by accident; you will have to create a plan and put in the work.
3. Create A Plan
Before you go out a pursue a career in something that you’re passionate about it will be helpful to sit down and create a plan of action.
This plan may require research into colleges, how to acquire applications, relocation information, among other things.
You have to start by educating yourself on a career and how to acquire a fitting job.
This plan of action will be an ongoing process, but it’s important to understand the steps it will take to reach your goals.
When creating a plan, be sure to reach out to trusted experts that can point you in the right direction.
Also, do not be afraid of rejection, instead focus on getting better and things should fall into place.
4. Work Hard, But Keep A Good Balance
Working hard for what you want is inevitable in this life for most of us, but working smart is equally as important.
Your best work will come if you do not let it completely rule your life; so having a good work/school/life balance is essential.
Continue to find time for loved ones, time for hobbies, and anything else that will allow you to get away from professional pursuits from time to time.
Having to balance many things can be difficult, but it’s just a part of life.
It’s great to have a lot of professional drive, but always remember that your personal life is important as well, and having a good balance will lead to your success.
5. Make It Your Mission to Help Others
If you are pursuing a career in which your mission statement is built around helping others, then it is likely that you will receive plenty fulfillment from your career.
Work that revolves around helping others is meaningful and can help you to become a more compassionate person.
If you make the mission of your career to help others, you will find joy and purpose in it that you may have never believed could exist.
Chasing your dreams, while helping others is a wonderful way to live.
Hopefully, these tips will help you take the steps needed in order to find a career that brings you the fulfillment that you deserve.