Knowing what you would love to do for a living is, for some, one of the hardest things to figure out.
A few are lucky. They know at an early age what they want to be when they grow up and work for decades doing something they love. But even they may have to retire one day, for a variety of reasons, and figure out something else they would love to do with their time.
Others are doing work they love, but the environment that they are doing it in is the problem. Many a corporate hostage has left the corporate chaos, like I did in 2005, to create a business of their own, doing the same work, but in a way that is far more aligned with who they are.
Then there is the group of people who have been working for decades, not really enjoying their work but continuing because the lifestyle they have created requires the income they are making. Often, these people are so depleted after years of putting up with the stress of doing something they don’t really enjoy that they have little energy left for trying to figure out what they would truly love to do for a living.
So here is some help. What are you doing when you lose all track of time? This is one of the biggest clues that this is something you truly love.
When we are doing something we don’t enjoy we tend to watch the clock or live for the weekends. People who love their work often don’t even notice that several hours have passed, and while weekends with friends and family may be something they look forward to, they don’t live for weekends.
So what are you doing when you lose all track of time? I suggest you give this some thought and make a list. Don’t leave anything off of it, no matter how insignificant you think it is.
Then, ask yourself if any of these things are things you truly love to do, something you could make money at, even if you don’t know exactly how yet, and then open up to the possibility that you may be very close to figuring out how to make a living doing something you absolutely love.