Have you ever talked to someone who’s been retired for a few months and asked them what they think of it? Many times they simply say that they don’t know why they didn’t do it sooner.
Why is that? Is it because they hated their job so much they never quit? Or is it because they never realized they could do something else?
I believe that today in America people have a choice in their work. You can choose to work somewhere or you can choose to leave. You can choose to start your own business or you can choose to work for someone else.
Sure, we all have commitments and obligations to fulfill. Spouses to care for, kids to feed, student loans to repay…but don’t we get to choose HOW we do it?
I’ve had lots of jobs. I’ve enjoyed some and hated others. I’ve stayed too long in the ones I didn’t like. And when it was over…I wondered why I stayed so long.
No more. I’m creating the work that I love! I’m doing the things that I want to do, the things that I’m passionate about. Sure, there may be some rough times along the way and not every day will be enjoyable. But on the whole, I’m not putting up with the misery of a job I cannot enjoy.
In the long term, I’ll probably find more success and make more money pursuing work I love (whether in a job or self-employment) than I will slaving away for a 30 year pension and gold watch. I know I’ll enjoy it more. And I know I’ll have a greater impact on the world around me.
Step one to finding work you love: Realize that when you define your work as play, you’ll never work another day in your life.
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”
— James A. Michener
Ready to join me on the journey, or stick with a job you dislike/hate/loathe for the false security of a paycheck?