You’re asked from the time you can talk all about what you want to be when you grow up. As a child the popular answer might have been a singer, a firefighter, or an astronaut. As you get older, the answer changes based upon the life experience you’ve garnered and the interests you take up. Maybe you have a desire to help people, and maybe you like to make others laugh.
The world likes to tell you that you should choose a career path that makes you money. There isn’t anything wrong with this, especially since it takes money to do things like travel, buy a house, go to school, and have children. As an adult, if you haven’t already found the career path you’re passionate about walking out for the rest of your life, you’re asking yourself a lot of questions and you might even be stressing out a bit.
Take a deep breath, ask yourself these questions in particular, and be confident that you’ll find the career path that’s right for you, even if it takes a little more time than you would have liked or expected.
What Makes Your Heart Take Flight?
In your lifetime you’ve probably found things that make you happy. Up to this point, maybe these things have just been hobbies but you don’t know how exactly to go about making them into a career path. If you have an ease for creativity, but everybody has always told you that artists don’t make money, maybe you just have to use your creative ability to make money where there otherwise wouldn’t be any.
That’s essentially what an entrepreneur is. You can’t have a successful entrepreneur without the creativity to see opportunity where no one else can see it. Figure out what your heart beats for and work off of that. It will make you happier in the long run.
How Much Money is Enough?
Money is the obstacle of the world. It’s a blessing and a curse, and it drives people to all sorts of madness. You can do serious good with it, and you can do serious evil with it. When searching out a career you have to ask yourself how much money is enough money.
As a partner in the right company working as a web developer you could be making approximately 40 grand a year. As a hairdresser, that number is up for interpretation. Find your passion, look at the numbers and ask yourself if those numbers are enough? Happiness isn’t material. It’s about love, doing what fulfills you, and it’s about little else.
The world tells you you need to figure out what you’re doing by the ripe old age of 18. That’s a load of crap. You don’t have to know in college, you don’t have to know when you’re 40. Follow your heart and the right life decisions will happen.