May 8, 2013 by Liberty
When I was young, I was convinced that I was going to do one thing in my life. While some children dream of careers they think that they’d love, I dreamed about money. I didn’t care what I did. I’d dig animal graves my whole life if it got me a healthy paycheck. Choosing a career for money was not just an option for me. It was what helped me make every major decision.
I had the understanding that I was probably going to be equally happy no matter what I did. I was a bit depressed all the time and I figured, I’m going to be a depressed doctor or lawyer or a depressed fast food employee. Doctor or lawyer seemed a lot more fun from the extra income. There is one major problem with that philosophy though.
Choosing a career requires inspiration. A career is something that you’re going to have to spend the rest of your life justifying. While not all career choices are lifetime decisions, some require a very long and dedicated commitment. Becoming a doctor requires 8 years of your life for education alone. On top of that, you’re going to need to work to get rid of the loans. Choosing a career for money might sound like a good idea now but are you really up for the suffering.
Suffering might sound like a harsh word. You might be thinking, I’m not going to suffer, I’m just a little lukewarm about the decision. That’s wrong. Trust me, when you’re not passionate about something that is as unpredictable as your future, you will have to suffer to do it. There will be failed tests. There will be mistakes that seem insurmountable. There will be things that make you want to give up.
You’re confident now but if you’re not inspired about your decision, you will probably regret it later. Even if you succeed, you’re just going to be digging yourself deeper and deeper into something that you don’t want to be.
Life is Too Short
Life is not long enough to spend your time doing something that you’re not passionate about. If you don’t have anything that makes you passionate then you have even less time to waste. You need to get experimenting. People don’t find passion without experimenting.
Think about this. If you were born to be the worlds greatest skier then you’d probably want to do it. What are the odds you’re going to be born in a good ski town. Someone in Jamaica might have all of the passion in the world for skiing but never find out. You need to go out and find what you’re meant to do. If you have the time to read this then you have the time and skill to find a passion.
Those of you that already have a passion. Do it. It’s not more complicated than that. Do what you love. Ignore the bullcrap that says you need to make x amount of money because I can assure you, you’ll never have enough money. The bar of success will always be raising. I recommend turning off the TV to help with this one. Life is worth way too much to spend all of your time becoming “successful.” Some of the most successful people in history killed themselves. Success is nothing compared to passion.
Cultivating More Passion
You can simplify all of the goals of your life into a single goal to achieve absurd amounts of happiness with your decisions. Every decision you make should be solely to cultivate more passion in your life. Choosing a career for money is a mistake. Choose a career for passion (even if the passion happens to be money in some cases.) When you go into something, you need to be excited to do it. You need to know that it aligns with the person you are. That does start to sound a bit cliche but it holds more truth than most people like to admit.