This is a question I had to ask myself many years ago. It was a hard hitting question that took me a while to figure out. I am sure for many you may think that these two things are exactly the same. When you are at a job, it should be alignment with your passion. A job should be part of your career towards an end goal.
As a Samaritan, I must let you know a job and a career as very different. I want to make it easier for you to understand the difference and give you a push in the right direction to being following your passion, instead of wasting your time at a job.
Wait… Aren’t They the Same?
A job is a place you go to work and get paid. It does not require motivation, effort, or forward-thinking to do it. You walk in each day to do the same monotonous tasks. There is no end goal. The future is a complete blur and you do not feel passion when you are there.
Oh the beautiful word passion. What is it exactly? Well, passion is what you need to have a career. This is the inspiration you get when you realize what you want to do in life. You find a career you truly enjoy and look forward to going to. It is the feeling of satisfaction when you have accomplished a milestone in your life and when you look back, you feel proud of how far you have come. Passion is what everyone needs and a career is what comes with it.
Benefits to Following a Career
When you follow your career, you will feel your overall quality of life is much better! You will feel happy, satisfied, and enjoy things more. The days of coming home drained from being at a job you hate will be over when you are pursuing your passion.
Please remember that when I say follow a career path, I mean choose to do something you love. Pursuits fueled by money will only lead to misery. When you do things because you enjoy them and love it, the money will follow.
This will help you build character and develop yourself as a person. In a career, you have to accomplish certain milestones. If your dream is to become an executive chef then go enroll into culinary school and find a prominent chef to mentor you. Each step you take and rank you move into will bring you closer and closer to becoming that executive chef.
When to Keep a Job
If you need to pay your bills and you have a family to take care of then you should keep your job. However, in the meantime make plans to begin pursuing a career path. Do not let this hold you back from doing what you want to do. But, I do not believe in being irresponsible and reckless. Examine your finances and talk to your spouse, if you have one. Ask them or a family member what they think. Begin preparing and make sure you have enough to keep your family afloat for a minimum of six months. A job is not the place you stay at forever. It is merely a place you pass on by while you figure out what you want to do with your life.
Follow Your Dreams
At the end of the day, always do what makes you happy. Follow your dreams. If you feel it in your gut that you are meant to be doing something, then go pursue it. Things will fall into place perfectly. Now I am not saying it will not take blood, sweat, and tears to make it happen. It will take time and you will have to overcome fears and lots of faith. But, you will be so proud at the end of your journey. When you look back and realize you are where you are suppose to be.
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