You've probably heard this many times: doing what you love is the key to success. For that matter, it's also the key to happiness. It sounds so simple but it's not. Doing what you love can be scary. After all, many people have probably already told you that it's a bad idea. If it wasn't your parents or teachers, then it was probably your well-meaning significant other or that friend who was just trying to caution you to "do something practical." But why does doing what you love have to be something impractical?
Take some advice from these great men and women. There are many ways to approach doing what you love and one is bound to work out for you sooner or later.
- Steve Errey, a career coach, says, "Don't beat yourself up about it." If something doesn't go your way, you can try out other things. Most people don't succeed in doing what they love at the first try. As long as you keep going, things will work out for you.
- Steve Jobs said, "Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition." It's not that hard to do this. All you need to do is ask yourself what your heart is telling you and some answer will come to you.
- Kacey Crawford, another career coach, says, "Having an evolving bucket list…is 100% ok." We are all changing as individuals all the time. You can't expect yourself to want the same thing at 20, 40 and 60. In fact, many great men and women have worked on multiple projects in their lifetimes. Think of the original renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci and let your creativity take you where it will.
- Cindy Bates of Microsoft has a different approach. She asks herself what's the worst that could happen and whether she could live with that. If she can, then she goes ahead with that decision.
- Entrepreneur Mark Cuban says, "Time is the most valuable asset." You can figure out what you love by looking at where you like to spend your time. You can also figure out how good you are at something by considering how much time you have spent on it. The amount of time you spend on something will determine how successful you're going to be at it.
- Writer Ruth Zive says, "Roll up your sleeves and do it." Well, that just about says it all. There's no way to figure out if you really love something or are going to be good at it except by doing it.
- Steve Jobs also said, "Don't settle." This is something most of us end up doing in our lives. It's how we end up in dead end jobs which make us feel depressed and burnt out. Don't let this happen to you. Take some action towards fulfilling your dreams instead.
- Catherine Minshew, CEO of the Muse, says, "Life's too short to be stuck in a job you hate." The fact is that time goes by a lot quicker than you think. Before you know it, twenty years may go by without your making any significant progress towards what you really want to do. So don't procrastinate. Start working on what you really want to do today.
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