There is a Prudential commercial on the air now that asks:
“If you could get paid to do something you love, what would you do?”
The commercial goes on to say that this is what your retirement is for. The first time I saw this, I was astounded. Is this what people think? We should toil away for the majority of our adult lives, saving enough to then pay ourselves to do what we want once we retire? This is a terrible way to live.
The initial question grabbed my attention, which is what it’s supposed to do, but for this reason:
I do get paid to do something I love.
I’m teaching my students to figure out what they want to do next, then work to get there. Notice I say what they want to do NEXT. You may not have the same career goals at 21 as you do at 41. This can be difficult. Not everyone knows what they want to do. But remember this:
Not making a decision is a decision
There are plenty of people in this world that, by putting off making a choice, end up having their career choose them. So they end up working for most of their adult lives in something that they’re not even sure how they ended up doing.
Don’t be one of these people. Spend some time figuring out what you want to do. Then work as hard as you can doing it.
I’m not saying that it’s easy. I’m saying that it’s worth it.