Youth is one of the most crucial phases of our life. It is the most decisive one in what and how we are going to do for the rest of our days. And hence, everyone wants to go for the best.
But the question is
“What is the best and who decides what the best is?”
Actually, the thing is when we think about career, deep down in our minds, we have objectified it as something that is a long term source of money. Something that is most commonly adopted by the ‘financially successful’ ones. We tell ourselves “Oh, it is so obvious. IT sector is making the most money. This is without doubt the best career for me.” or “Wow! Look at that Mercedes S Class of his. And that’s only because he is the CEO of XYZ company.” And in this pursuit of money, we completely disregard the fact that the secret ingredient is something else, and not what is apparent. That there is a driving force that kept them going when they faced the hardest of challenges.
And that force is called ‘Passion’.
Those people at the zenith, they have it all because if they are engineers, they have always loved machines. If they are pilots, they have always dreamed of flying. For them, more than the purse, the trophy mattered.
One of the most successful men that ever existed, has quoted :
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
– Steve Jobs
Now another problem is that we have developed a mindset, that passion and career are two different things. According to most of us, while passion is something we practice in free time or as a side activity to keep us entertained, career is the real deal that keeps us afloat. And we have absorbed this ideology to an extent so huge, that we almost never dare take that ‘big step’ required. We convince ourselves that we are going to satisfy our passion once we are financially successful. But we forget that success in a particular field is directly proportional to our interest in that field.
But let’s take a look at what we eventually realize:
- According to Forbes in 2014, 41% Americans said they were unsatisfied with their jobs due to lack of interest and the type of people they worked with.
- According to a survey by Right Management in 2012, 44% from US and Canada admitted that they were unsatisfied with their work due to lack of interest.
We have such prominent statistics and they surely indicate we do have a problem here. And the problem is that most of us think we can just go ahead and take up the most feasible choice, try to cope up with it for a while and finally absorb it. But again, we forget that our career’s significance is not only till the point it gets us a job. It is there forever with us. Do you ever wonder how you stick around, with the activity you like, for hours without complaining but want to leave the classroom (if you are the type who doesn’t enjoy classrooms) at the slightest hint of the ‘time-up’ bell ?
Or even more simply put, it is the difference between waking up to prepare yourself, every single day of your life, do ‘something you like’ and ‘something you don’t.’
So by now, if you have started seeing through the matrix, Congratulations! You know what to do.
And the next time ‘The Big Question’ pops up in your head, remember: