We’re taught that loving what we do is a luxury, not a real possibility.
Marshawn Evans Daniels talks about this very thing in her book, “Believe Bigger.”
There are things we pick up in our childhood, things that don’t even always equate to something someone said to us, that teach us what is “acceptable” and “not acceptable” in society.
We pick up on these cues; the way someone talks about another person; scoffs or reacts to a situation; then one day we’re adulting and living in the parameters of what is deemed socially acceptable.
A believer, (or non-believer too) loving the work they do?
Having a passion for their profession?
Somehow we’re taught to believe that it can be one or the other, but not both.
You can either get a job, sort of like it but at least make enough money to get by.
Or you can dream about your actual dream job, but good luck ever introducing that into your own daily reality.
How did this happen? Why did this happen?
Part of it might be all the failed and hopeless dreams that got left in the dust.
Dreamers who no longer dream and would like to ensure that others do the same.
Dreamers who no longer dream, who want to ensure that no one gets the silly idea that you CAN have a job you love.
That is IS a luxury and completely impossible.
Sure, it may not be the case for everyone.
There are people who have been dealt a lot of bad blows in life.
But none of us are exempt.
Each one of us has dealt with pain and loss in some form or another.
The difference is largely in our mindset.
There are people born into wealthy families who do little to contribute more into society.
There are people born into poverty and terrible conditions, who go on to have tremendous triumphs in life.
But over time.
It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of resilience and the mantra of never giving up.
But it’s possible.
There are people who love what they do who either never went to college or dropped out.
I’m not against going to post-secondary school, but it’s not the path for everyone.
I went for one year, but I had no idea what I wanted to pursue so I stopped after the first year.
At the time, I thought I had failed.
But now I see it as a brave thing to do.
It’s smarter to save your money than to just keep going to school because it’s “expected” of you.
I’ll never forget being on the phone with a college recruitment member and him telling me exactly that.
He said he has conversations daily with people who wish they would’ve taken a step back and listened to their gut, rather than kept going and not risk being seen as a failure.
Of course this is not everyone’s story, I know people in my life who are destined to go to post-secondary and thrive in that environment.
It’s a beautiful thing, to see people in their element.
This is why it’s so amazing when we see people doing what they love.
You know why?
Because we’re drawn to that. It inspires us and silently gives us that nudge to go after our own dreams and passions too.
People love being around people who love what they do. Find your gift, find your joy, then pour gas on it and light it. – Dave Ramsey
What is your “dream” job? What do you enjoy doing that also inspires those around you?
Don’t ever think that it’s impossible to do what you love.
It’s doesn’t have to be a luxury, it’s actually a very real possibility.