So my question for you today is are you doing something that you love?
A few weeks ago I watched a show that featured people who were succeeding in business. The host asked why these people felt they were so successful and they answered that they were doing something that they loved.
For a while, I thought dryly, “Yes, this is the same answer we always hear.” Isn’t a doctor considered successful if he makes a lot of money treating patients, even if he is burned out and tired of his career choice?
Last night I attended a NAWBO meeting and I realized that sitting around the room were about 250 women who owned companies and who loved what they did. I didn’t hear talk about how much they hated their jobs, their businesses, or their day-to-day career choice. Instead, I saw inspired faces and I listened as they talked about their problems – not to complain but to find an answer for something in which they needed help. These women really inspired me; each time I leave a meeting I feel so much more empowered and, well, good about what I am doing. I realized driving home that it is important to love what you do in order to be successful. After all, how you can sell yourself, your product, or your ideas if you don’t believe in them?
So today consider this: Do you love what you do? Do you wake each morning and enjoy considering what is in store for the day? If you don’t, can you think of ways in which to change this? For instance, do you need to tackle different objectives at work? Do you need more challenges? Do you need a vacation or a personal day off? If you are unhappy with your job, try to change the parts that are making you unhappy. In order to be truly successful you’re going to have to love what you are doing. We all burn out from time to time. Sometimes we just need to stop, take a deep breath, and reorganize our objectives to remember why we are involved in the careers that we chose.