“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” – Sun Tzu
In case you haven’t guessed, I do a lot of thinking. I came to the realization that people are terrified of having a career they just aren’t passionate about. From such a young age we’re told “you better love what you do, cause you’ll be doing it a long time.” Here’s my beef with the aforementioned statement: what if you don’t want to work till you’re 65 or even a “long time”? I mean, what if having a job is more of a chess piece to you rather than the entire game? Here are my three reasons of why it’s ok to have a career you are not passionate about:
The End-Game – The first question I always ask myself is what is the end game? By working for 5,10,or 30 years what do I want to get accomplished? For me, my goal is financial freedom before 35. Why? Because financial freedom is important to me; I’m obsessed with the thought of being able to support myself through investments. For this reason my career(s) are facilitators. They are helping me get to my goal. I’m not really in it for the long haul, so even though I’m not crazy about my job I know it’ll get me to where I want to go.
Trying Out Entrepreneurship – When most want to start a business they quit everything and go all in with their project. Although that is admirable I look at things a little differently. When you are a budding entrepreneur and want to try your hand at being your own boss, it’s really important to have a job. Your job in this case is like your own private investor/mentor. You get to invest the money you make from your job back into your business AND you get to sit back and observe how the business you work for is run. Have you ever run into situations where you’ve thought “I would never talk to my employees or associates like that”- one day you’ll have to opportunity to be the boss you and many others never had. Take the time to observe the flaws and accomplishments of an established business; there are some valuable lessons you may gain.
Need The Experience – When starting out so many of us concentrate on landing that perfect career that we are passionate about. It’s important to understand that passion is developed not something that is uncovered or there along. Passion starts out as an interest and goes from there. When finding that first career or job it’s so important to not over romance the notion of finding a position that you will be passionate about. Of course you might find a job and atmosphere you love, and that should be the goal! But sometimes it’s necessary to work at a few different places, develop your passion, and then go work for that dream company when you have confirmed passion and experience to match. By taking this approach you may also develop a greater appreciation and taste of the tasks, and working environments you enjoy!
Conclusion – Passion is one thing but mind set and end goals are a totally different game. I would encourage everyone to really tap into their goals and then see how their career ties into that relationship. Is the goal to have a career and life time of fulfillment? Or is the endgame to never have to work for anyone? Both are completely practical and attainable goals. What mindset and strategy will you take to make them happen? How do you feel about working at a job you are not passionate about? Share your end game and what you want to get out of your working career in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts!