How to Follow a Passion in Choosing a Career

There are two ways to make money: do something you love and do something you do not like. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This quote does not mean that every day will be fluid, but following your true north, you will probably find yourself where you want to go.

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Identify your passion Maybe you’ve wanted to be a successful author since you’ve learned to read, or maybe you’ve tried everything from painting to party planning to fashion design. Anyway, it’s time to think about what you really want to do for the rest of your life and what career would best suit your favorite projects. Ask yourself the following questions: What activities make me feel happiest? How could I spend my days if money was not an object? How do I want my life to look 20 years from now?

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Create a list of careers that reflect your passion. For example, if you really like to talk and love to help people, you might be a good lawyer. If you have the gift of going into your friends’ closets and creating cute combinations they never considered, you could become an excellent stylist, stylist or clothing store buyer.

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Look for the careers you are considering. Find out what credentials and experiences are required to break into the industry. Examine how much money you must earn and if you have opportunities for advancement. For each career, visualize the kind of life you think you have – would you have time to spend with family and friends? Would you be satisfied at the end of the day? Would you feel well compensated for your time and effort? Choose the career scenario that best illustrates the life you really want.

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Create a backup plan if succeeding in your passion requires more luck than skill, for example if you want to become an artist, actor or writer. Think of getting a license to teach your trade – this way you will have a steady income, as well as free weekends and summers to pursue your passion with diligence.

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