How To Find A Career You Love And Pursue Your Life Passion

Career You Love

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Mark Twain

If I had gone another year doing the same thing, I think I would have chewed my foot off.

That’s how I was feeling during the fall of 2008 when my oldest child was entering her senior year of high school. I’d spent the last several years supporting her dream to become a ballet dancer, driving her sixty miles round trip twice a day to her dance studio.

Now she had a car and could drive herself, so I had more time to focus on my public relations consultancy. I’d worked in public relations for over twenty years, first in the corporate world, then with an agency, and finally owning my own business.

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99 Career Quotes To Inspire Passionate Work

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The alarm clocks blares. You roll over, switch it off, and try to wake up.

What day is it?

Oh yeah — another work day. It's time to get up, get dressed, and start moving.

When it hits you that it's time to get up for work, what's your immediate reaction? Do you feel dread about your work? Anxiety? Boredom with your career? Or do you wake up with anticipation, excitement, and enthusiasm?

Is your career just a job, or is it a passion?

Work is necessary for our survival, but passionate work is necessary for our soul. We fill our days, and therefore much of our lives, with our daily work.

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How To Change Careers After 40 Even If You Feel Imprisoned By Your Circumstances

Change Careers After 40

Something happens to people at mid-life.

You wake up one day and suddenly the status quo is no longer interesting or even acceptable.

You begin to question the life you’ve been living, the work you’ve devoted yourself to for so many years.

You start asking yourself existential questions like, “Why am I doing all of this? What is my purpose here? Is this really all there is?”

Sometimes this happens as the result of children leaving home. Sometimes you are shaken up by a life crisis like a divorce, job loss, or death.

Or it simply could be the dawning realization you’ve come to the halfway point in your life, and you’re watching time slip away faster and faster.

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10 Signs You Are Emotionally Drained And Exhausted

Emotionally Drained at Work

I am a firm believer that your work should fill you up rather than deplete you.

You shouldn't feel emotionally drained and stressed more often than not.

Instead, work should be a passionate endeavor that, for the most part, adds joy and fulfillment to your life.

It should energize you and give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

I know, I know — maybe that sounds improbable and unrealistic. Work is work.

It's the thing you have to do to pay for what you need and get a few (or a lot) of the things you want.

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Jobs That Make A Difference With Purpose And Meaning

Often a great way to find your passion is to begin by first seeking work that makes a difference and provides a sense of purpose and meaning.

When you’re confused about what your life passion may be, and you don’t know what excites you or fills you with enthusiasm, you can find your way to the work you love by doing something that deeply moves or inspires you.

Ultimately, doing something that makes a difference AND that you feel passionate about is the optimal outcome. It is the recipe for a fulfilling and satisfying life.

How does meaningful work lead you to your life passion? Because the feelings these kind of jobs afford are more substantial and powerful than the fleeting pleasure of more ego-driven passion pursuits.

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Jobs For Introverts: 395 Careers Based On Your Personality Type

Jobs for Introverts

Would you consider yourself an introvert?

I am, and I have grown to appreciate my introverted nature more and more over the years. Even though Western culture tends to celebrate extraverts and reward many extraverted behaviors, I've learned that introverts possess strengths that are equally valuable and important.

Since introverts make up about a third of the population, it's important for everyone to understand their traits and behaviors and recognize how to benefit from what introverts have to offer in both personal and professional settings.

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Career Change: 10 Signs It’s Time To Cut And Run

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Imagine this . . .

You wake up in the morning before the alarm goes off.

You're so excited about your day at work you can't wait to get started.

Before you even arrive at the office, you're filled with great plans about what you'll accomplish for the day. You feel energized and creative, ready to hit the ground running.

The work you do engages you on a deep level. It's meaningful and feels authentic — matched perfectly to who you are and what you want to offer the world. You feel passionate about it.

The people you work with are equally passionate and engaged. They make your job more fun and interesting. You feel a profound connection with them, as you work toward common goals and achievements.

The joy and energy you feel in your work spills over into your personal life. Because you are so fulfilled professionally, your relationships are happier. You have the energy and desire to recreate your passion through your lifestyle and hobbies.

Small irritations and life challenges don't seem to affect you so much. You're able to move past them without too much pain or disruption.

In short, your life in all regards is fulfilling and happy.

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3 Reasons Why I Failed And How You Don’t Have To

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to do GREAT THINGS.

Because of that, I have had a lifelong passion for the study of personal transformation.  For decades now, I have practiced a daily program of personal discipline and loving service.

And yet, when it came to implementing my own Big Dream, I was a complete failure.  I would start working toward my dream.  Something would happen and I would stop for a while, promising myself to get back to it.

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