Let Passion Be Your Guide


A Wall Street Journal survey revealed that 80% of the general working population are dissatisfied with their jobs. The survey also revealed that 50% of corporate executives in high paying positions were dissatisfied with their jobs. These results indicate that most people have settled for the status quo. Few are breaking the mold and pursuing their heart’s desires.

There is a point of indecision that most of us come to in our careers when we must decide between convenience and satisfaction. For some of us, that defining moment comes at the beginning of our career. Fresh out of college, we choose to embark upon the path of our dreams. However, that is not the course upon which most of us find ourselves. Many of us are drawn to a particular profession by the allure of financial benefits or some other tangible reward. At some point, we either become exhausted by the climb toward our goal or we cross the finish line and realize the victory isn’t as sweet as we had imagined. Likewise, some of us allow others to steer us in a direction that they feel is best for us, while we hide behind a façade of contentment … but deep inside, we’re miserable.

What would possess a woman in the prime of her life—earning a six-figure income, living a stable and comfortable lifestyle—to resign her corporate job to launch a business in an entirely different field? Well, that woman was me, and I was moved by a passion and a dream. By most people’s standards I was successful, yet I wasn’t satisfied. I kept thinking, “This can’t be as good as it gets.”

Had someone told me ten years ago that I would be the owner of a personal and business development company, I would not have taken them seriously. Yet, the seed of the idea was planted by a supervisor who occasionally made remarks about my creative abilities. His remarks re-ignited my passion to write. You see, writing had been a passionate expression since my adolescent years. Eventually, I had an epiphany and began the process of working my way out of my corporate job. I could no longer settle for a life of mere convenience—not when my true inspiration beckoned. Today, I’m following that passion with a new zeal.

Are you following your passion or have you settled for the convenient path? Clearly, by no means were we all destined to become business owners. The purpose of this article is to help you make the best choice when you come face-to-face with your moment of indecision. Let your passion be your guide to a life of significance or what really matters to you the most. Perhaps the embers of your passion have been extinguished by the cares of life. I challenge you to re-ignite the flames of your passion. You may be pursuing a profession that has no meaning or fulfillment. Whenever you’re at a crossroads, let your passion be your guide.

Don’t be amongst the 80% rank and file, or even those who have raced to the pinnacle of their profession only to find that their view from the top was of little significance. When you’re following your passion, your life takes on a whole new meaning. You’re not motivated by money. No one has to pump you up to do it because it naturally drives you. You can do it for hours on end without getting bored. Although it can be exhausting at times, you go to bed at night fulfilled. There is a feeling of fulfillment that comes over you when you achieve a sense of belonging in your career or personal life.

So once again, I encourage you to let your passion be your guide and discover a better way to happily live each moment of your life.

Rebecca McClain is the founder of Life Treasures LLC. As an entrepreneur, author, speaker and coach, she inspires people all across the nation and internationally. In November 2009, she launched the online networking platform, Build A Thriving Business Network, for women and minorities in business. Look for her on the next cover of People You Need to Know. She can be reached at (678) 289-0148.


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13 had something to say.
  1. Heidi

    What an amazing woman to go into the unknown and find her joy!! Very inspiring and I agree that 80% of people don't like their jobs. I see it at mine with others every day! Great story!

  2. PYNTK

    Hello Heidi,
    I agree wholeheartedly -- we must always keep in mind that whenever we meet unpleasant people in our business dealings, they're probably dissatisfied with their work and most likely looking for someone to take the heat.

    Nevertheless, I think for those who believe time has passed them by, they can still find a "hobby" related to their interest and move forward with that. It's never too late to cozy up to our dream in some way, shape or form.

  3. Anne

    I think part of the reason that job satisfaction is so low is the economy. People are afraid to leave a job to enter the unknown when things are so tenuous.

  4. PYNTK

    Thanks for visiting. Please stop by again. :-)

  5. PYNTK

    In terms of bouncing back, I don't think I've ever witnessed the economy being so seemingly unresponsive for so many for so long. And yes, people ARE afraid. But I believe anything worth having is worth taking a risk for and fear is always a part of the agenda. Still ... I have great compassion for those who feel they are "stuck" and believe they must remain in a permanent state of dissatisfaction with a job that consumes most of their day.

  6. Rebecca McClain

    Heidi, thank you for your comment. I'm glad you found the article inspiring as my mission is to inspire and empower individuals and businesses to maximize their potential.

    All the best to you!

  7. Rebecca McClain

    Interesting perspective, Anne.

    I first read the survey in early 2007, before the current economy downturn. While I believe that the economy has caused people to "stay put" for security reasons, the economy isn't the cause of discontent. I wouldn't be surprised if these statistics haven't fluctuated much over the past couple of decades.

  8. RE - A BadGalSays

    Ms. Jacqueline ... Passion is the driving and motivational force behind all great things, don't you think?

    I can't remember anything I've ever done that meant something to me that didn't involve passion. Passion is the fire in our spirits that drives us to be the best. I'm sure you know it because ... You always exemplify The Best Jacqueline, Always.

  9. PYNTK

    Thanks for the compliment, Mama Asid. How sweet of you to say so.

    You're right ... where would the world be without passion? If there's no fire, it won't burn, and if it doesn't burn ... well, you'll probably keep that big chunk of coal in your heart.

    So....let it burn. And if you can take the extreme heat and pressure that comes with it, you might just cough up a diamond. :-)

  10. catherine

    I just think you are right about the passion. but what if you have many passions?

  11. PYNTK

    Hello Catherine,
    As a creative person, I know how difficult it can be to pick just ONE of many passions. Nevertheless, you may need a coach to help you navigate your way through this situation. Consider hiring Rebecca McClain, the writer of this article. She is an expert when it comes to these situations.

  12. PYNTK

    It's a big world out there. The opportunities are too numerous to count and yes, it is INDEED a sad way to live. Nothing is more frustrating than feeling trapped.

    One hot summer day, I was visiting someone back home and they said to me, "Let me show you where I go to 'die' everyday." And they drove past their place of work. Enough said?

  13. personal success coach

    I have been there in the corporate jungle. "Escaped" I did and now have a home-based business. But wait, I still have those nights without that feeling of fulfillment. I still have to discover that passion.


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