September 19, 2012
UNCOVER YOUR PASSION?
By Phil Parker
“There is no greatness without at passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.”
What makes your heart sing? What would make you leap out of bed in the morning and look forward to the day? Are you doing something at the moment that does not really suit your personality? Do you remain employed because the job pays well and you are afraid of losing benefits? Are you a ‘wage slave’? I’ve just asked a lot of soul-searching questions. Many of you will have your own answers. Some of you may not have any answers, others of you may simply be a ‘square peg in a round hole’, and the rest of you probably don’t give a darn.
If you dislike what you are currently doing to earn your keep— REGROUP! While it’s not a matter of life and death, there is something sad about doing work you dislike just for the money. How many government employees or corporate junkies would abandon that 9-to-5 job of monotonous routine and office politics if the paycheck were not guaranteed? How many street corner lawyers would continue to practice law if the money was lousy and the status of the job was lowered? The same might also be true for many overworked, stressed out, and insurance embattled doctors working in the profit-driven, bottom line, health management system we refer to as health care.
Rapid change has become an integral part of our lives. The belief that you will have the same job or follow the same career for your entire life is an obsolete idea. The reality is that the typical working person today will have five or more different types of employment. So, if you are not passionate about what you’re doing, why not consider something else that might ignite your internal engine? I know that many of you will say, “Yea, right!” It’s not that easy. What about the mortgage and car payments, college for the kids, and other financial obligations?”
Look, life is a trade-off. It’s all about making choices. It’s about priorities! If your job title, fancy cars, big house and material possessions are more important than pursuing your passion, so be it. The choice is yours. I am not suggesting you give up your current job. We all have to pay our bills. Following your heart does not necessarily mean choosing between your passion and putting food on the table. It may trigger something new and rewarding. It may open the door to a better opportunity. Perhaps it will lead to a better opportunity. Perhaps it will lead to a more fulfilling lifestyle. All you have to do is trust the process.
Wherever you are in this process, if your career or lifestyle is not what you believe it should be, begin the search. Find whatever is meaningful and rewarding in your life. Once you have made that discovery, trust that the universe will respond.
Discover your passion, follow your dreams, and breathe life into a new beginning.
I welcome your comments.
Phil Parker, a former CEO and successful businessman, is a professional speaker, photographer and author. His books, Kiss Yourself Hello! From A Life Of Business To The Business Of Life encourages his readers to discover the possibilities before them and the potential within them. His second book, The Gift of Perspective~Let My Hindsight Be Your Foresight shares his lessons learned. His latest book: Grandpa Does Grandma~The ABCs of Senior Sex encourages couples that the passionate feelings they had when they were young can be maintained at any age.
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