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Issue 17 Out Now

Bring Passion Back Into Work

Our day jobs can bring stress and regret into our lives. Many people have jobs and passions they dream of pursuing, but not everyone gets to have excitement in their work. Working in a field that brings you joy makes the work more rewarding and encourages you to show up. Even if you’re still waiting to leave that job, you can still be proactive about your goals.

When you begin working on what you’re passionate about, you will get to be yourself. Most workers adopt false personalities to align with their companies, fit in with coworkers, and appease bosses. When you work in a job you love, multiple personas are not needed. Passion or interest doesn’t have to be fake. In these jobs, the work can become more engaging and keep you excited.

Just as workers adopt false personalities, they also adopt company values. Every company has varying values, from the treatment of workers, customers, and the establishment itself. You will be able to find a career where your values are incorporated. A dream job can reflect your beliefs and values, ensuring an environment of like-minded people.

Working in this desirable environment will allow you to express your talents. The job you chose will require you to tap into what makes you unique. The work you do will feel less like a chore, will feel fruitful when you go home, and you will hone your talents. Using a skill set that you’ve worked on builds confidence and keeps you sharp for new opportunities.

There are endless positives to working in a field you enjoy, but it takes most people years to get there. If you aren’t doing something you love, that doesn’t mean you can’t still work towards it. Even if you currently have a job grow your talents before you take off running. Make a plan of your goals and where you see yourself five years from now, then take that and research what steps you should take to land your dream job. Identifying goals and how to achieve them will lay out a clear path.

Another facet of your plan should be honing your skills. Review your skills, and discern the required expertise for your dream role. Seeing where you need to improve and recognizing what skills you need to work on is paramount to growth. You can begin sharpening your skills by taking classes, connecting with people currently in that field, and taking certification courses. Doing tasks in your free time to build your skills will pay off when you pursue your passion.

If you feel lost, join a community of people in your area of interest. Networking with people who were once in your circumstance or are in your position can be the most beneficial. You will gain advice and connections that can turn your dreams into reality. Make sure to leave an impression that makes you memorable sharing your talents and kindness will leave an impact. Your connection will remember you when they hear of roles in your interest. Through your network, new opportunities will be available before their advertised, giving you the upper hand.

No matter what your day job is, you can find time to work on pursuing your dreams. Implementing skill-building exercises into your free time or daily routine will build your skills until you’re ready to chase your dreams. And finally, when you can do what you love for work, the benefits will appear in your new role.

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