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.