Loving your work is this dreamy statement that comes across as something very easy to achieve. The reality is that "loving what you do," is not absolute, nor is it constant. It's ever-changing.
I recently had the opportunity to talk to about 100 high school students in Spring Hill, TN with my beautiful wife Kate.
Some were interested in marketing, others interested in what the heck we do and how we got to where we are in our careers, and some just happy to tune us out and not pay attention in class for an hour. One of the main things we hit on in our talk is saying yes to opportunity that comes your way.
Don't be a "no person." Don't be an excuse person. Saying "yes" to different types of work opportunities is always a good idea. In this video, I talk about saying yes to cleaning out media guides in a closet during an internship, and how that led me down a path of doing what I love.
I've been working for 22 years (counting my turntableist/DJ days), and there have been ups and downs.
There have been times I definitely have not loved by job. But I've always stayed focus on saying yes to any and all opportunities that could put me in a potential position to eventually love my job and my work.
Taking these opportunities may mean working for free, but they always end in learning new skills, meeting new people and learning about different businesses that may interest you.
As you look to build your career and find fulfillment in your career, keep these things in mind:
- What can you get up every day and get excited about?
- What do you like and not like about your current job?
- What have you tried so far? If your list is short, keep going, keep trying, keep tasting.
- What's important to you? Making money? There are tons of ways to make money. High schoolers and college students can do that right now.
Also, remember, you're not going to be what you are today. You're just not. Keep evolving, and this will help you learn to love what you do, which actually helps increase the chances you can do what you love, when you think about it. 🙂
Thanks for reading / watching - and have a great day!
Paul Hickey has created and grown businesses via digital strategy and internet marketing for more than 10 years. His sweet spot is using analytics to design and build websites and grow the audience and revenue of businesses via SEO/Blogging, Google Adwords, Bing Ads, Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Content Marketing and Email Marketing. The part that he’s most passionate about is quantifying next marketing actions based on real data.