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Never work another day in your life

February 19, 2010 by  
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Would you still do the job you do (or did most recently if you’re not presently working) if you didn’t need the money? If you answered that with a resounding no, then its time to look into something else, something that will get you bounding out of bed in the morning, excited about what you’ll be doing that day. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. If what you do doesn’t feel like work, then you are where you need to be. If you dread your job, it’s time for a change.

Most people spend half or more of their waking hours dealing with their job—they are either at work, getting to work, getting ready for work, dealing with issues from work, talking to others about work or thinking about it. If you don’t love what you do, you are spending most of your life unhappy and regretful. That is not living.

Making a job or career change may not seem like the thing to do now with the economy the way it is but you could wait an entire lifetime waiting for the ideal moment to change careers or go into business for yourself and never see it. Don’t waste another minute doing something you don’t love. Take those first very easy steps and start planning for a life you will be truly happy living.

If it’s a matter of not knowing where to go from here, stop looking at jobs and careers in terms of money or perks or titles. Start looking at what energizes you, what inspires you, and what work you do that makes you feel like your efforts matter. Write these things down and make them the priorities that determine the direction your career and life will take.

Once you have your new career goal in mind, work at it every day. Look to my book, How to Ignite Your Passion for Living, for all the steps and help you’ll need to get you to the point where it’s not longer work–it’s just what you love to do.

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