Let me get back to that cliché of a question our parents always asked us when we were little: “What do you want to be when you grow up?’. Then life goes on, you finish college. It’s good if you were to able to achieve that. It means you were stirred in the right direction early on and pursue what you said. But, I could say for most of us, not everyone was so lucky to become whatever the answer they gave to that question 20-something years ago. That doesn’t mean the rest of us weren’t taught properly that time. It just means, it took time for us to find out what we really want in life. A fraction of us were even put into circumstances that made us pick another path along the way. Some famous entrepreneurs, scientists even lived through their 40s and experienced unpleasant milestones in their lives before they achieved the success they are savouring right now. It all boils down to one thing, passion.
Passion can be seen in a lot of things. It can be how lawyers tirelessly argue or find ways to preserve the interest of their clients; how pro-athletes diligently train day in and day out to make sure their teams win games. In a corporate setting, it can be seen in successful people, working longer hours and be happy about it. As a recruiter, I’ve encountered countless candidates saying they were looking for work-life balance. In my opinion, there is no-such-thing. I repeat, no such thing. The “balance” you are looking for is simply the love for what you do or what you should be doing. To some people, it doesn’t matter if they work 24/7 times a week, being called in for work during holidays or simply working until wee hours of the day and on weekends. It’s because they have found the joy in what they do and they love doing it. Don’t get me wrong about this. It doesn’t mean you have to spend less time with your family to emanate passion. Like what my favorite trainer said, It’s simply putting 100% effort in whatever it is you are doing. Whether you spend an hour or two with your loved ones, or in some cases just 4 hours at work, being there and focusing your 100% on those things is passion.
As for the timing, It’s not same for everyone. Some were lucky and found their passion and worked on it early on. Some find it later in their lives. But that doesn’t mean it’s late for you. Whether you’re stuck in a job you don’t like or simply feel you should be doing something else, it doesn’t mean there’s no hope for you. Actually, there is. There always will be hope. It’s never to late to pursue your dream job or get promoted to the position you have always wanted. You just need to find out in your heart what you really want to do. What you aspire about in the next 5-10 years in your life. Once you find that out, work backwards. Think of every single thing that will help you achieve that goal. Never be a victim of the circumstances you’re in. You have control of what you want to be. It’s just a matter of time on when you decide to act on it.
Now I ask you, have you found your passion that will get you out of bed? Or something that will keep you up at night and go the extra mile?
If not, let us help you with that. Send us your most updated CV, and we would love to help you pursue your passion. We got you covered.
Co-Founder/ Managing Consultant
Talent Tree Solutions