We've all heard the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” But what if you still haven't figured out what your passion is? Or maybe you do know your passion, but you're unsure as to how to turn it into a viable career path.
Scivicque asserts that “When something you love becomes work, it fundamentally -- and unavoidably -- changes the way in which you interact with it, [...] Instead of focusing on doing what you love so work won’t feel like ‘work,’ take some time to figure out what work means to you. What do you want to get out of it mentally, physically, socially and spiritually?
6 women have shared their advice on how you can do what you love and sustain your passion along throughout the journey.
1. "Make discovering what you love before you enter the workforce your mission. And don't be afraid of what you find." -- Renee La Londe, CEO and founding partner of iTalent
La Londe said, “Before you take steps down a specific career path and get a degree in a specialized area, make it your mission to figure out what it is you’re passionate about. Take a trip to a place you find interesting. Go on a hiking expedition, a mediation practice in Tibet, or just explore what there is to do in your own backyard [...] You may discover that what excites you is something that doesn’t require you to go to a university or you may find that there’s a degree tailored specifically to your fine-tuned interest.”
Only 32 percent of college grads landed jobs related to their major, according to a 2013 national survey conducted for CareerBuilder. So why not take the risk of pursuing your passion?
La Londe said that “A lot of people have a deep-seated notion of what they want to do but they think it doesn’t add up to a choice that others will approve of [...] I was a computer geek that started out as a business major. I applied for business school because I thought it would look good on my resume. I was extremely bored with all of my business classes, but I was very excited about my philosophy and Japanese classes. It turns out that the latter two classes were great complements to my already business-centered mind. Follow your passion and I guarantee it will feed you even though it may not always appear that way from the beginning.”
2. "Don't wait to do what you love. Take risks." -- Yingzhao Liu, principal designer, international, at LinkedIn
Liu said: "I had a couple of realizations in my late twenties: One is that if I wait until I feel ready to do something, it will be too late. The second is that it’s actually very easy to lead an extraordinary life -- you just need to be willing to do the things that others are not. The things that are a little too hard, take a little too long, or are a little too uncertain [...] Professionally and personally, I took more risks, did things without worrying about how I might be perceived and started down paths without knowing where they would lead. Thus began a life of adventure, passion and empowerment. As Helen Keller said, 'Your life is a grand adventure, or it is nothing!’ Take her advice.”
3. "Identify what you value in life. Is it achievement, security or purpose?" - Ingrid Sanders, founder of PopExpert
Sanders said that “Choosing a career you love and living with passion begins with understanding what it is you value [...] Do you want to have plenty of time for family and friends? Do you prefer working independently or as part of a bigger team? What appeals more to you: being responsible for the business side of things or focusing more on creative endeavors? [...] Once you’ve taken the time to understand your own priorities and talents, then do your research and have the courage to dive in. Often it is nothing more than our own fears that hold us back from choosing the life and career we love. Thanks to technology, it is now more possible than ever to work independently and follow your passions regardless of where you live.”
4. “Trust in the power of attraction.” -- Geri Stengel, founder of Ventureneer
Stengel says, “When you do what you love, people rally round you. Enthusiasm is contagious and you attract other people who are passionate too, [...] However, what I’ve found most interesting is that those very people are not just there to cheer you on during good times, they stick around for you to lean on when times are tough. They support you inevitably. That’s the magic of passion.”
5. "Find the interaction between what you love and where you excel." -- Kelly Bowles, director of user experience at LinkedIn
"Build happiness into your career by finding the interaction of what you love and where you excel professionally. Work doesn’t feel like work when you enjoy what you’re doing and see that you’re making a positive difference!" Bowles says. "My greatest joy in my career comes from connecting with and helping others. To stay energized and inspired, I look to my team who helps to drive and teach me, and continuously shape my role as a leader. I view my team’s success as part and parcel of my own.”
6. “If you say you’ll do it, do it.” -- Kathy Foltner, entrepreneur and consultant
Kathy Foltner says “Doing what you love and feeling passionate about your work only goes so far. Back up that passion with characteristics that will get you farther [...] Integrity is everything. If you commit to something, follow through on that promise. Protecting your accountability is a keystone to prolonged success.”