Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. (Confucius).
A job is all about going to work, and earn a paycheck in return, Jobs are usually performed in exchange of a monetary value and are for a period of short-term and they don’t have significant impact on a person’s life or on a society in general.
Many people often tend to be confused between a job and a career, believing them to be the same thing as both of them are done in exchange of money. However, these are two different terms and should not be confused.
Careers are different, it’s something you pursue to achieve your goals, as they almost always last a lifetime. Oxford Dictionary defines ‘career’ as, “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life).”
This is broader compared to jobs and can also encompass a number of jobs that a person has done in their lives. It also requires specialized studies, training or formal education to have a career. The term ‘career’ became popular in the late 20th century, when a wide range of choices allowed a person to plan and design a career that he/she may have.
Always Remember – The real difference between a job and a career is your attitude.
People who want a career are always thinking about their long-term goals. They are thinking about what they can do now to make those goals happen in the future.
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion. – Simon Sinek
So, What’s the Point?
The point here is to realize your true potential, if you can’t find one, seek help from others, from professionals around you to help you find your inner core, though it seems tedious but that will help you put on right track.
Following your passion is all about being focussed, set your goals, start with small short term goals, and align them with your ultimate long term goals, don’t let yourself deviate from the path.
If you are passionate about what you do, you will definitely excel in your career, find out ways to improve yourself, the process of continuous growth should not be hindered, as career, personal and professional growth goes hand in hand.
Keep exploring yourself about what excites you more, life is full of choices and so is your career, don’t let your career stuck in a certain direction, always explore new horizons, add more value to your career.
The idea is that the key to finding a great career is to identify your greatest interest – “your passion” – and pursue a career involving that interest. It’s an attractive message: just commit to following your passion, and you’ll have a great career. And when we look at successful people, they’re often passionate about what they do.