Some say that if you love your job, you will never work a day in your life. Others argue that if you turn your hobby into a paid endeavor, you will lose any gratification that normally comes from it. In our humble opinion, both are valid points. But while we can always find new hobbies, earning a living is rarely a choice. Unless we are born into wealth or win a lottery, we need to consistently devote a huge portion of our time to performing tasks for financial gain. So we might as well make the journey worthwhile, right?
Whether we like it or not, security is a myth. There are more and less risky professional paths for us to choose from, yet, ultimately, things like to shift in a blink of an eye no matter where we are on the career ladder. Today we dress nicely and head to the office, tomorrow we find ourselves laid off for reasons that might’ve had little to do with our performance or dedication. Some jobs are steadier than others, but in the grand scheme of things, there’s no predictability in this game as there are too many checkers at play.
So tell us, in all honesty, how has your heart been? Is who you are aligned with your professional path? Do the projects you work on excite you? Is the language you use to talk about your career positive or negative? Analyze, evaluate, reassess. Check in with yourself on a regular basis so that you stay on course. Determine whether at this point in your professional life you are where you want to be. If not, you can either stay in a seemingly safe zone of comfort, or you can act.
As we already established, taking anything for granted in life is folly. Therefore, is leaping into a potentially more fulfilling job opportunity really that scary? Weigh your pros and cons and ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen if I do this? Then, what would be the solution to the worst possible scenario? There’s no need to rush, no need to do anything you are too uncomfortable with, but you might find that the simple act of asking these questions reveals some obvious answers.
To restore your belief in the depth in life, we might know a piece of wisdom that will help you come up with the most effective game plan. The Japanese concept of Ikigai, which roughly translates to ‘a reason for being’, is a brilliant tool for finding clarity. Whether it’s your limiting beliefs, social conditioning, or a few bad experiences that stand in your way to earning a living doing what you love, Ikigai is a series of coordinates for remapping your dream life.
According to the Japanese concept, your professional happiness lies at the intersection of what you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs. It’s enchanted inthesynthesis of your passion, mission, vocation, and profession. However, each of these components will require time and space to take shape in your mind and heart as every single one of them poses loaded questions.
What are your values, your purpose, and your goals? What kind of work pattern or environment makes you most productive? Where do you want to live? Who do you want to work with? What do you want to achieve? How would you like to contribute to the overall wellbeing of your business, or the one you work for? Whether on a page of your journal, during a gratitude walk, or talking it through with a trusted friend, settling on a new professional direction will take some pondering. Patience, friends, patience – sooner or later everything in your vision and your plan will click into place.
The Secret Ingredient
And now on to our ultimate gem of advice: tie yourself to the mission rather than any particular company. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall, yet dreams and positive impact are forever.
Being well-organized helps us establish the inner locus of control. The secret lies in the fact that nothing is left to chance. You are the one making all the decisions, and this feeling is empowering and liberating.