What now? It’s a question on the minds of many bright, hardworking and eager people. “But what do I do with my talents, intelligence and work ethic?” Simplified to the most basic level, I’ve found two different approaches to striving for a satisfying and enjoyable life. On one side, you pursue a career in something that you are completely passion about and absolutely love doing. On this path, you wake up everyday, are eager to get to work, and (for the most part) truly enjoy what you do for “work.”
On the other side of the spectrum, there is the approach that you will do a job that may not be passionate about, (but are apparently pretty good at it) and utilize your “free time” to pursue your true passions, purpose and hobbies, or in other words, the things that you enjoy doing. These are extremes of course, so there are probably a host of available opportunities in-between, but those are the basic gists.
As Steve Jobs said in his famous Stanford Graduation speech, “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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.” He goes on to say that the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Take a step back and think about that: it’s so painfully obvious. How could you expect to do your personal best at something if you’re not truly passionate about it?
But as obvious as that seems to be, how many people do you know that are not passionate about their work? How many people have you heard bad-mouth their company, complain about their boss or criticize their industry? I can tell you one thing, and Steve Jobs will concur, you don’t find what you love by letting yourself be governed by dogmas or pursuing other people’s lives. Sure, discuss your interests, passions and aspirations with friends, families, strangers – anyone you feel is worth of the discussion. I’m not saying you have to shut yourself in, but I am saying that when the time comes to make the decisions that matter, the answers come from within.