Work at What You Love Everday–Really?By
“Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.“ Harvey Mackay
In 1997 I switched careers from pastoring a church to working as a financial adviser. I had invested successfully over many years and found it interesting. I enjoy working with people so I decided to help others in a different way. It was tough the first few years getting established. But I worked hard and built my business. Eventually we reaped the fruit. We enjoyed a good income, freedom to take time off and a rewarding career.
Then the 2008 meltdown hit. As the market plummeted the phone calls ratcheted up. Clients were bombarded with news stories about “The new Great Depression.” They were told, “This may be worse than the Depression.” “We are in a world wide economic collapse.” “This is unprecedented.”
Clients called non-stop as they grew increasingly concerned, a few on the edge of panic. “What should we do?” “Do you think it will get worse?” “How low do you think the market will go?”
I answered their questions, the best I could, trying to keep them calmed down.
Yet the news grew worse. Each morning I steeled myself for the onslaught because my clients needed me to stay calm. I said to one of my associates, “This really isn’t fun anymore.”
Everyday as I drove to my office I prayed, “Lord guide me to those you want to bless through my life. And guide me to those you want to bless my life through.”
Finally, in March 2009 the crash bottomed. By April we were heading back up. The phone calls lessened. By Fall it was quiet. I told a friend, “I almost feel lonely because no one is calling?” Actually it was nice to be a little lonely for a while. I had been way too popular before.
From my previous post and the opening quote it seems if you just find the right job everyday will be like a vacation. Yet all of us have days that just aren’t fun. No matter how much we love our job there are stressful times. We get slammed with problems. We get overwhelmed with surprises. In the midst we’re tempted to run. We think, “Maybe I’ll do something else.” Sometimes that’s not the best solution, though.
The bible says, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” (1 Corinthians 12:7, NLT)
It goes on and says, “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25, NLT)
It’s important to find what you really love to do and build a career based on it. But there is also a time to stick with what you’re doing and work through the difficult times. Often in the midst of that you discover the richness of life God intends for you.
How do you know the difference? What do you do?
First, as in the previous post, discover your gifts. What are you good at? What do you enjoy? When you’re using your gifts work is just a lot more fun. And you’ll have more success because you’re concentrating on your strengths.
Second, focus on serving others with your gifts. These gifts weren’t given to you for squandering on yourself. As you use them to help others it will bring fulfillment. Plus as you focus on others it gives you staying power in the difficult times. It gets your attention off of your own problems.
Third, realize some days won’t be fun. You’ll hit challenges in your career. Even those who write about living your dream everyday have tough times. It’s part of life. But when you realize this is normal it helps you not panic. And having confidence this phase will pass gives you the power to hang in there.
Fourth, persevere. When you hit those rough patches don’t run. If you’ve found a career you enjoy and that uses your gifts effectively stick with it. Tough times build personal strength and cement relationships. Often it’s just time to hunker down and work through the difficulties. And when you come out the other side life can be richer.
Fifth, keep recreating your job. Refine it. Smooth off the burrs that cause you discomfort or that waste your time. Keep creating it into a career that is productive and rewarding. Refine it into the dream career you really want. Often it’s so much easier and effective than starting over.
Are you going through a difficult stretch in your career? Are you thinking about changing? Look first at who you are and what your dream career would look like. Is there room to create that where you are? If so work on it. Maybe you’re in your dream career right now. You just need to discover it.
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Douglas Armey, the LPL Financial adviser associated with this website, practices in Fresno, California and may discuss and/or transact business only with residents of the following states: California, Idaho and Oregon.
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