“What is done in love is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Being both happy and successful is a priority for most people, but is it possible to experience one without sacrificing the other? When we decide what we want to be in life there are so many things that come into play; how much money we want to earn, our parent’s expectations for us, society’s expectations for us, economics, opportunity, timing etc. Even if we know what our dream job might be, it can still be difficult knowing how to get there and whether its feasible or realistic to go after it.
Sometimes it’s not just yourself you have to think about, if you have your own family to support then you might be scared to take a risk and venture into unknown territory, but you have to remember that this is your life and you should live it how you want.
Here’s why you should do what you love and love what you do.
If you want money and are driven by success, you’ll probably never be happy. Happiness does not equate to the size of your bank balance, but if you have passion and a genuine interest in what you are doing, you will very likely succeed and become rich anyway. Rather than sticking to a plan that offers you financial security, take the route that offers less money but a far more valuable experience. Remember that money means nothing if you’re miserable, but if you are doing what you love and are surrounded by the right people you will get places eventually.
Your health is affected by your mood, and if you are constantly in a state of stress, depression, boredom or disinterest, your overall mental health and well-being will start to decline. It might seem like a great idea to stick at something that gives you ‘X’ amount of money and will get you to ‘Y’ in ten years time, but all of that means nothing if you are miserable now. Imagine each and every day as if it is a new entity, with no past and no future. Would you be happy knowing that this one day would be spent where you are now, doing what you’re doing? If the answer is no, then start making new plans right now.
We all have an inherent desire to become the best version of ourselves, to develop our natural skills and interests and to make use of them in life to propel ourselves forward. Whether you are creative, linguistic, athletic, musical, academic, or whatever talent you possess (everyone has one!), we all want to express ourselves and share our beliefs and interests with other like-minded people. The things that make you feel like yourself, that give you a sense of pride, purpose or pleasure, those are the things we should all be pursuing. When we try to shut our passions out or replace them with other things such as work, worries, responsibilities, it causes us to feel unhappy and frustrated as we are not living a fulfilled, meaningful life. Once you start to follow your hobbies and interests more and start working towards finding your dream job, you will notice that a lot of the pieces of the puzzle will start to fall into place.
We all hear it far too often, but life really is short so don’t spend any day feeling unhappy and stuck somewhere you shouldn’t be. If you start carving out the life you want for yourself today, who knows what things might look like in ten, or even five years time.