Nowadays, between the lackluster economy and the crippling student loan debt its easy to just settle for a job and never work your way up to a promising career.
Decades ago the distinction between a job and a career was crystal clear. A job could be any old 9-5 that helped you pay your bills and keep food on the table. You didn’t care about moving up or the fate of the company. It was unlikely that you would stay there longer than a few years. A job, first and foremost, was just a means to a end.
A career is an occupation that you have strived for and would be happy to do for the rest of your life. It is an important part of your sense of self worth ad life satisfaction. You care about the company, your coworkers, and upward mobility. Of course the pay is important but it is not the sole factor in why you continue to work there.
The unspoken difference between a job and a career is your passion for it. Find something you truly love to do. That makes you happy. Something that you do not mind doing everyday for the rest of your life. Yes, money is important. You want to make sure that you chose a path that allows you to enjoy the kind of lifestyle you would be satisfied with. But don’t sell your soul for a paycheck.
Its best not to do the opposite either. Don’t quit your steady day job to become a starving artist. To follow your passion, to find a career you adore, do what you love in your spare time. Keep the boring job and work your passion project during the weekends or go back to school at nights. Work towards living your dream and be practical. With this e plan and time and patience, there is no way you can’t succeed.
I believe that everyone should follow their passion. Life is too short not to.