Do What You Love, Love What You Do
How many people jump out of bed every day, rush through their shower and dressing routine and fly out the door because they just can’t wait to get to work? No? Doesn’t sound like you or anyone you know? Hmmmm… that’s really sad, because you shouldn’t have to simply endure a job to live, it would be far better to enjoy what you’re doing, each and every day. Not only that, but job stress is one of the leading causes of chronic illness and pain such as neck pain, headaches and low back pain.
Idealistic? Impossible? Insane thinking? Not so if you listen to Justin and Michael Toms, co-authors of a book titled, True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do. The authors contend that work makes up a major portion of our adult lives. They attempt to convey the philosophy that work is a type of service that is done unto others, a service that makes a valuable contribution.
They also believe that, “Work has become our spiritual practice and continually provides the opportunity to deepen and enrich our lives.”
The Tomses assert that spirituality joins with creativity when we use the talents and gifts we were given to embrace our dream – a dream that looks at work from a perspective that differs from normal thinking that work is merely a means to earn money or to get ahead in business. If you truly do what you love, using your special gifts, the money will follow.
How do you discover your dream job? Ask yourself some of these questions:
- Do you like what you’re doing now? If not, ask yourself what you’d like to be doing. What are you good at? What are you passionate about? What do you really love?
- What are you already passionate about? Hobbies? Reading interests? Outside activities? Is there a thread that is woven through them all? Is there something you always wanted to do, but have been too afraid to attempt?
- What is the one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish in your life?
- What are your strengths? What are your talents? What are you good at? Can you make a career out of that?
Now, take some action, do some research, explore the Internet, network with friends and others in business, ask questions. When you hit on something you like, go after it. Do some more research; talk to others that are doing the same thing and find out what they did to get started.
Most importantly, don’t settle for a mundane job when you could have a career that ignites your passions. Often it is fear that holds us back, so break out of your comfort zone and try something different. You may just find the job of your dreams!