One of the subjects that comes up with my friends and clients is finding a career that people love, a career that is exciting to them and GIVES them energy instead of DRAINING energy. This career brings fulfillment, energy, smiling, fun & enthusiasm. With this type of energy flowing, your ideas come easy, and you feel energized after work.
I am a “Glass-Half-Full” type of person, and I believe that people can CREATE what they want in a career. As an eternal optimist, I like to brainstorm with people about what they love about life, or jobs in the past. When someone is in a job or career that sucks out every little ounce of glee, hope & confidence, this is VERY HARD on the body.
Possibly the goal to finding a life-healthy career is one that combines your passion with being able to make money WITH that passion. A career that is fulfilling AND pays the bills.
What a great combination when you find a passion that you have a talent for AND get paid to do. That’s what massage therapy is for me: my passion for helping people…something I have a talent for AND I get paid to do it.
Some feel like finding a career like this is impossible unless you are Justin Timberlake. If you have a job you like, even love, consider yourself lucky.
I’ve always believed that if you “follow what you love then the money will follow.”
Maybe you love a hobby but don’t feel like it could financially support you? Maybe google your hobby to find people around the world who possibly are making enough money with this hobby to pay the bills. Ask them questions. If they are honest with you, decide if this will work for you.
I love my job. There have been very few hours of work where I counted the minutes. My career is fulfilling mostly because I feel instant gratification from helping people for whom I care about. With each career there are pros and cons. For Massage Therapy, the cons are mostly physical, where proper posture, good nutrition & rest are essential for longevity. But, aren’t those essential in ALL long-term careers?
How many people look at work this way? I thought most people did.
My husband, who is a financial planner, including selling life insurance, mentions how jealous he is that I have a talent I love doing AND get paid to do. “People aren’t exactly jumping for joy to talk about life insurance…dying, leaving money to those they are responsible for. For you, they can’t wait to hear from you and look forward to coming in for their next massage. THEY call YOU.”
I’ve never looked at it that way. But I appreciate my career even more after hearing him say that.
There are many careers where a client is happy to see you. Maybe this is important to you. What is important to you?
- How many hours per day do you want to work? Some careers spend many more hours than others per day…
- Do you want to travel or stay in one place?
- Do you want flexibility or do you like stability?
- Are you a good leader or a good follower? Each needs the other…just be honest which one you LIKE being
- What can you offer that is needed?
- How much money do you need/want to make?
- Do you like people? kids? animals?
- Do you have good discipline?
Stay positive and keep brainstorming. 🙂