According to Deloitte’s Worker Passion Survey of Shift Index Series in 2013, approximately 80% of the people are dissatisfied with their jobs. Of course, they do not love the work they do. However, very few muster up the courage to change careers, while others opt to continue bearing it.
In 2005, Steve Jobs gave a remarkable commencement speech at Stanford University. It is this part of his speech that gripped my memory since the time I first saw that speech –
“You’ve got to find what you love. And, that is as true for your work as is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
In short, there is no denying the fact that you’ve got to do what you love; otherwise you might well end up living a life disturbed by your regret-conscience. However, there are broadly just 2 reasons why you aren’t doing what you love –
- You don’t know what is it that you love, OR
- You are not ready to take the risk of stepping out of your comfort zone to do what you love. You’re concerned about the lifestyle that you want to sustain, family responsibilities you want to take care of, fear of what others might think, say or do about you, etc.
Now, how do you go about with it?
Scott Dinsmore, a Legend.
Scott Dinsmore was the man who made a big mark on my understanding of selecting the career path. He died this September due to an unfortunate accident, while he was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, merely at the age of 33. But, he left behind the legacy of possibility and inspiration.
‘He lived more in his short span of 33 years than most do in a lifetime.’ – his father, William Dinsmore said. And I totally agree to it.
When he found out what he loved, he left a well-paid job in a Fortune 500 Company within the following 2 weeks. He started a business – Live Your Legend (LYL), where he focused on helping people find and do the work they love. He was on a pursuit to help people make a living out of doing things they love.
Not just online, he physically as well went global with his business, meeting people in-person to transform their lives. By the time he passed away, LYL Local had grown to more than 200 cities in 57 countries all over the world. His business grew bigger than himself, and owing to his vision, the LYL community still continues on.
His talk at the TEDxGoldenGatePark in 2012 – ‘How to Find and Do Work You Love‘ largely contributed in giving a concrete direction to the course of my life. Today, it is the amongst the Top 25 most popular TEDx Talks of all time, with more than 2 million views.
And so, how do you find and do what you love?
This roadmap in search of the thing you love is highly inspired by Scott’s TED Talk I mentioned above, and it goes as follows:
- Become a self-expert (Find what you love)
In order to get on the path to a thriving career, you’ve got to study yourself to your core. This might take a few hours (or days in some cases), but you have to sit down without distractions and get to it.
You have to first identify your unique strengths, i.e., what do you do best? And this unique strength of yours shall be in line with your interests. Because if you’re not interested in what you’re good at, then eventually you might end up in a misery. In your experience, what is it that fascinates you and evokes your curiosity? What would you be doing if money wasn’t a factor?
Your unique strengths aligned with your interests eventually become your passion, and you have to find a way to channel it to achieve success. What is success? Of course, it is subjective. So define your success. Your success might be a big paycheck, or quality time with your loved ones, or peace of mind, or anything else. But, make sure you have a clear definition. Because there is no point in shooting without a target.
- Go for it (Do what you love)
Now that you have the clarity on what you want to achieve, get into action! You might face the resistance, both internal and external, every now and then. But, don’t let this adversity wear you out. Let your passion drive you through the tough times. Even if you fail, get back up and fight it out.
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
It is really important that you surround yourself with people who push you to achieve greatness (instead of thinking that you’re crazy about what you’re doing). What was once ‘extraordinary’ for you, must become your new ‘ordinary’. It might not be easy, but you are not any other mediocre person.
“Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s a business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez
Persist with your passion, and plough your way to the peak!
- Become a self-expert
- Identify your strengths
- Align them with your interests
- Discover your passion
- Define your success
- Direct your passion towards your success
- Go for it
- Get into action
- Persist through the tough times
- Surround yourself with passionate people
- Fight mediocrity