There is a time in your life when you’re young or a student, wanting some extra cash to spend on a night out with friends. So you get a job, work on the weekends, evenings or holidays, just because it makes you feel good to earn a little extra money for yourself without relying on your family. But that’s when you were young and that phase is sadly “temporary”. The problem is that it is usually a job you don’t care about, it typically isn’t something that you fancy, and it is definitely not something you would like to do for the rest of your life. So… what’s next?
When you reach a certain age things begin to change and you are forced to think more carefully when it comes to choosing a job, which may define the rest of your life. Now as you get older, the priorities are family, friends, and having a little spare time to relax and unwind, so unless you’re completely broke, you’ll choose not to work on weekends and bank holidays.
So, how do you make the important decision of choosing your work path? It has always made me wonder; how do we choose to pursue one profession over another? I mean, money is a huge factor in the decision making process, obviously we cannot survive and enjoy a good life with no money. However, it is not the be all and end all; I know people who have quit their well paid jobs just to travel the world and enjoy their lives. Ever heard of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari?
The answer for me is simple, if you wake up in the morning and feel excited to begin your day – you are in a good place, and there is no need for concern or worry. After finishing college and trying my hand at bartending and other hospitality jobs, I decided that industry certainly wasn’t for me, and nor was working in order for others to achieve their dreams, and looked elsewhere. I was never afraid of hard labour or long hours, but I have never aspired to be a person who just lived for the weekend or their paycheck.
I believe there should be a sense of joy when it comes to working. No matter how hard it may get, your life and work has to have a sense of purpose. Your hard work should at some point pay you back, not someone else. It has to make your dreams come true not someone else’s.
So, I, myself, started working hard on making my job as pleasant and as enjoyable as it could be. I have always dreamed of being my own boss, in the way that all achievements will be my own achievements, and all the hard work I’ve put in will have paid of. That’s when I realised how much I’d grown and matured; it was no longer about making enough money for a drunken night out, it became so much more… and now I must never give up.