By Corina Manea
You may not like reading this, you may not agree with me, but I am going to say it anyway: Doing what you love, loving what you do is the key to your success.
If you buy into the crap that you need to bust your butt and die at the office to be noticed to make a decent pay or to get your next promotion, you’re lying to yourself.
For so many years you were told you need to go to college, get a degree, get a 9-to-5 job—preferably in a multinational—work yourself into the ground to climb the corporate ladder and be able to afford a better car than your neighbor’s, a fancy house, and a big bank account you couldn’t spend in a lifetime because, well, you are busy working.
And before you start arguing with me, take a look at Millennials.
They teach us all what life is all about, and that is doing what you love.
They teach us a lesson to remember for a lifetime.
What you do, whether it’s working for someone else or for yourself is part of who you are.
Your life doesn’t start when you log off at the office or on weekends.
Gary Vaynerchuck was right when he said,
If you live for weekends and vacation, your s…t is broken.
When you’re doing what you love and love what you do, you are happy.
When you’re happy, you are more relaxed, you enjoy life, you are creative.
When you are creative you are true to yourself, you express yourself, you give to others through your work, your art.
At the end of the day or life, not money or material things give you that sense of accomplishment, that internal joy, but knowing that you were of help, you made things better than you found them.
How to Achieve Success in Your Career and Life: By Doing What You Love
Your career, your job is part of who you are, not what you are.
The secret to achieving success in your professional and personal life is doing what you love and loving what you do.
As simple and obvious as this is, you may be surprised how many people postpone their happiness for others or for things.
Life is short and, as the years pass, is getting shorter.
Trading your happiness and talent for less than you deserve is cheating on yourself.
You may say not everyone can afford to do that, they may have families that depend on them, a mortgage or other obligations.
But the truth is you cannot afford not to do it.
And the power is inside you, it is that drive you held captive for so many years.
It only takes a switch in your mindset.
It takes deciding that you’re going to choose yourself.
I am not saying you should leave your job tomorrow morning.
What I am saying is find that passion held captive inside you, listen to it and build a plan to make it a reality.
Look at all these people around us who believed in themselves and their dream: From Henry Ford to Steve Jobs, to Mark Zuckerberg, to Stephen Covey or Gini Dietrich.
Do you think it was easy for them?
It wasn’t, and the answer is just at a Google search from you.
But they chose not to listen to the naysayers and go fight for their dream.
Yes they have stumbled, they have fallen one too many times, but they didn’t give up, because they had something they needed to share with the world, their creativity, their vision of the future.
Why would you accept less from yourself?
Use the compound effect: Take small steps each and every day towards your dream and one day you will find yourself living it.
It’s time to make the world a better place by expressing our true selves, by doing what we love, loving what we do and becoming better at it with everyday.
Now go win the world, you deserve it!
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