Should you work in field where you excel, where you follow your passions or where you earn the biggest paycheque? Does it have to be in terms of “this or that”, or can we achieve the best of all three?
That little area of perfect balance between skill, passion and salary is what we all strive for, yet it’s so difficult to achieve in practice. Here are some tips
(from someone who really doesn’t know what she’s doing):
Tip #1: Imagine yourself on your death bed. Seriously.
What kind of life do you see yourself looking back on? Will you have been extravagantly rich? Well-traveled? Followed your childhood dream? Made a lasting impact in some way? Reflect on this and be honest with yourself. Then work backwards and research what steps you need to take in order to get there.
Tip #2: Determine your values, then stick by them no matter what.
This goes hand in hand with the previous point and with the next one, but that’s because determining your values is so important. Ask yourself what elements of this venn diagram matter to you. Think about what you want to have and the kind of person you want to be.
After determining your values, you need to promise yourself not to go back on them. Be it when making career decisions or personal decisions, always stick firmly by your beliefs.
Tip #3: Remember the true purpose of life.
Money is a means to an end. It allows you to sustain yourself, purchase items for pleasure, explore the world. It’s necessary and very important, but making a lot of money should not be your be-all and end-all goal in life. Life is about enjoying yourself – creating meaningful relationships, doing things that you’re passionate about and that bring you happiness. Always keep this in mind when making decisions in your life, big or small, and you won’t be led astray.
At the end of the day, you don’t want to have a job to fall back on, but one to get up for. I hope my two cents have inspired you in some way. I would love to hear your thoughts about the matter – leave a comment below!