I do not believe in the popular idea: “make your passion your paycheck.” Consider any “success guru” you have ever heard broadcasting the message: “I love my job, you should love your job too, make your passion your paycheck!!” The “guru” was probably selling something. I don’t think that people should work in careers they hate (if avoidable), for example, I would hate working as an accountant. However, every job will have boring, tedious, and unhappy aspects to it.
Finding Your Passion
This idea of “finding your passion” is teaching the young generation to believe a lie that is destroying both their work ethic and their chances of success. When millennials start a job and realize that they don’t “love it”, they often feel that they are doing something wrong. But that is not true.
I really do love my job. But that is not because I am “making my passion my paycheck”. I love my job because it is challenging. I work hard and do my best. Sometimes I have failures, but the successes are rewarding, because I am learning along the way getting better at what I do every day.
I believe that working hard at whatever job you have is the most important aspect of enjoying your career. Hard work leads to accomplishments and pride in your work.
Of course it is true that some people will get a job in the wrong field. You will not excel at everything, and being in a career that allows you to excel is important. If you find yourself in a job that is not suited to you (me in accounting), it might take some trial and error to find the right career path. But working hard in a job that you hate is still better than working half-assed in a job you think you should “love”.
Finding The Right Job
The point is not finding the right job to fit your passion, the point is developing a strong work ethic. Lack of work ethic is the most important problem millennials will face in their career. In 2017 young people need work ethic more than anything. And work ethic is also the greatest advantage for anyone who is willing to work hard.
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