As an American, this is the time of year that I tend to reflect on the people and things I am grateful for. There’s just something about expressing gratitude that makes me feel good. It seems to calm any stresses that are going on in my life, helps me focus on the positive things that are happening, and gives me a better outlook. Not only that, but it also motivates me. With that said, it begs the question, why do we only take time out for this once a year? And more importantly, why aren’t we practicing gratitude when it comes to our careers?
A career that you can do with joy, is a career of passion. Whether you aspire to be a writer, musician, accountant, teacher, or even a website designer it is important that you start out understanding that you may not get rich from your passion. And that’s ok.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln
You could say in one way that this quote promotes procrastination, or you can say that it encourages preparation for success. I believe that President Lincoln’s intention was to encourage preparation—the right kind of preparation. The best tool to chop down a tree is a sharp axe. If you try to chop a tree down with a dull axe, you will spend a lot of exhaustive time and energy on something that will take much longer than if you had spent time sharpening the axe. With a sharp axe, you are prepared and can chop that tree down in no time!
“Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Have you ever known someone who always talks about doing something different but just never seems to go for it? Maybe the person talks about wanting to move somewhere else and get out from under a mortgage, but he never makes a move to put his house on the market or look at other opportunities. Perhaps the person complains about his job and wishes that he could do something more meaningful, but never takes the steps towards looking for another position. Maybe the person is you.
What do you see when you look at your background and experience? What kind of career can you envision yourself having with your existing skills?
It’s important that you really think outside of the box if you want to be sure to select the best career path for yourself.