What should you do is an important question! This the most important question of your life. It is a question that can be trivial such as what should you have for lunch or what should you do for the rest of your life? The easy answer is finding something you love to do and you never work a day in your life. Have you thought about it? No, here is your chance!
I remember when I was a kid; I was free to dream about anything. I could be a firefighter, doctor, business owner or anything I wanted. What changed? As you get older, it is a little more serious because you need to act on it. Why should that change anything? Life is too short to work at a job or career you do not like. What is your excuse? I don’t have the money or credit, it is the wrong time, or I do not know what to do. Whatever the excuse, it is fear.
Over the years, I have talked to hundreds of people who are unhappy with their careers and they never pursued their passion. Some know what they want to do, but never pursued it. Others never took the time and effort to figure it out, complained all the time. I tried to help the former by asking questions and avoided the latter. Are you stuck in a job you hate? Why not do something about it? You can always find another job; it is a little harder to find what you will love.
How to Find Your Passion
I usually start with the question, what would you like to do twenty (20) hours a day? Twenty hours a day! Who wants to work twenty hours a day? Whatever your choice, it should be something you enjoy doing all the time. For all you skeptics, think of something that you enjoy and all you need is someone to pay you to do it. It may be a hobby, something you constantly read about, a subject in school, an interest, or something you have special skills or experience. Wouldn’t that be a dream come true? My top three (3) would be a Playboy photographer, yacht salesman or a writer. I think I found my dream job, now all I need is someone to pay me for it.
Start out small and do it on the side. As it grows, you can invest more and make it full time. That is exactly what I did! I started investing in income property purely as an investment and grew it into a business. It was the beginning of several businesses. My Journey to Success chronicles my experience. Now is a great time to invest in real estate with home values low and mortgage interest rates at sixty (60) year lows. You can buy a house with only twenty (20) percent down, rent it out and make a profit. When I bought my first apartment building, I had to invest thirty-five (35) percent to just break even.
One of the very best places to figure out what you want to do is college. You have access to so many different classes, professors and information to help you think about it. It is an opportunity to find out what you really want to do and try it out on some level. In college, you can be a teaching assistant, get a fellowship, internship and find part time work. Why not use this opportunity to find your passion? What are you in college for, if not to find your career? It may be a job, career or business. Many professors have consulting businesses, connections with alumni and research projects that you may be interested in.
If you already graduated, you can still talk to your previous professors and make that valuable connection. You can take more classes, research your interests and investigate opportunities. Don’t wait too long or you will be looking in the mirror and asking yourself where your life went. Look toward your network of friends to learn what they are doing and you may find a partner who wants to do something with you. There may be opportunities in your own company to change roles. You can always go back to school and earn a graduate degree (MBA).
You have lots of choices and opportunities, if you look for it. If you do not know what you want to do, you need to investigate and research the careers that you find interesting. Just saying you do not know what you want to do is an excuse! The internet is a great resource to start you thinking and plan your career. The next step is to try it out before you actually commit to it. It is a little like dating. The more you can do before you put up your own money or spend more of your time doing is a win/win! What are you waiting for? The question is not what should you do, but how can you find out.
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