How nice would it be to wake up in the morning and actually be excited to go to work every day? For most of us, that isn’t the reality. And that is quite sad given that we spend the majority of the most productive hours of our adult lives at work.
If you hate your job, quitting isn’t the answer in most cases. That just creates new problems. But if you know you’d rather be doing something else, something you love, then it makes complete sense to plan and execute this change.
In some ways, it’s not fair having to decide what to study at 18, or whether to go to college at all, how to pay for it, and what you want to do with the rest of your life. Who, at 18, knew exactly what they wanted to do with their lives?
Still, for many of us we let life get ahead of us and we spend the rest of our lives catching up to it and adapting. Doing what you love is one of those huge things in your life that can allow you to catch back up to life and live it on your terms.
This need not be strictly career-related. Maybe you love dancing or ice skating or learning languages. Whatever it is you love to do, maximize your time doing it! If you can accomplish this with your career, all the better since we spend the majority of our productive hours at our job.
It isn’t so simple. Maybe you’re a doctor making good money but you’d rather be a medical advocate at an NGO. You’d make half as much money doing that, but be twice as happy. Taking the Happiness Plunge in this case involves a significant financial consideration. As discussed in this post, it is entirely possible to minimize and downsize your life and still be happy. Money isn’t everything. When you leave this life, your wealth stays here but your contributions to society are immortal.
Above all, sit down and have a conversation with yourself and figure out what you love to do and how you can maximize that in your life. It really is that simple.
Have you made a drastic change to start doing what you love? Tell us your story in the comments section below!