“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
Ahh, Steve Jobs. He always has the best quotes about life and success and following your dreams. Are you doing work you’re passionate about?
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And he’s totally right with the quote above. Work does take up a lot of your day and a lot of your life, so if you’re stuck in a job you hate or a life you hate, then it’s easy to see why you would be unhappy.
Although some people DO want to have a stable job and then they do what they really want after work or on the weekends, I’m of the opinion that you shouldn’t try to stuff your dreams into the cracks and crevices of an already busy life (I think Kat Loterzo said that).
Fill your life first with what you’re passionate about, or eventually you won’t have time for it at all. And really, why would you want to spend 50 years of your life doing something you don’t even like for eight hours a day?
I’m not going to wait until I retire to start living the life I want. I’m already living the life I want and doing what I love, and I’m happier because of it.
Figure out what you’re passionate about as early as you can, and start doing that thing in any way you can. Even if you just take a few small steps while you’re in your current job, it’s still progress forward. Make the phone call. Fill out an application. Start a blog. Write an outline for the book. Set a date on the calendar. Learn about and start doing whatever you can, where you are right now in life.
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Don’t wait for the stars to align and a voice from the heavens to come down and give you permission to follow your dreams. If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it. You have permission.
Yes, you can be happy in any circumstances given the right attitude. But deep down if you’re not living the life you want, then it’s always going to be a struggle.
It’s not easy to follow your dreams, but it sure makes everything else in your life a lot easier. Happiness included.
Go for your dreams.
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