The other day I was chatting with a friend of mine. During the conversation I asked her if she was hoping to retire early. She said, “No way! I love my job too much.” It is a similar response I’ve heard from others. Even when I asked my spouse about his projected retirement date, he said somewhat too sincerely, “I enjoy what I do to much to to retire before I have to.”
Contrast this with someone who hates their job. “Not soon enough!” is the response I hear most often. Have you ever worked in a job where you counted down the hours and minutes until the end of your shift, every day? I have and it wasn’t fun. To work in a job like long term would have sucked the joy right out of my life.
Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of doing work we love in a bad economy. Sometimes we just have to take any job we can. There are many of us who are working in a job that’s just ok. It’s not terrible but it doesn’t fulfill us.
Here are some ways to know you’ve found your passion
- Does the time seem to fly while your at work? When you’re doing what you love, you aren’t counting the hours. I have an uncle that works 12 hour days. I asked him how he did such long days, and he said, “It’s so much fun that time goes by so fast I’m surprised when it’s over.”
- Do you love talking about what do you? Some people never talk about their work after hours. My brother is one of these. He works to live and has fun during his off hours. It’s not that he hates his job. He’s just done with it by the end of the day and would rather focus on the things he is passionate about after hours. Then there are people whose eyes light up when you ask them a question about their specialty. That’s a sign they’ve found their passion!
- Do you feel more energized then drained at the end of a work day? There are tasks in life that drain our energy and tasks that restore our energy. Ideally, when you have found your passion, you’ll be spending about 80% of your time on tasks that give you energy. At the end of the day, with few exceptions, you’ll feel content, fulfilled and energized rather than drained and exhausted.
- Does the idea of an early retirement not sound the least bit appealing? There are many people who can’t wait to retire so they can get on living the life of their dreams. Wouldn’t it be amazing to live the life of your dreams and continue to draw a salary from it! When you’ve found your passion, the salary is just the icing on the cake .. the icing that makes an even nicer eventual retirement more likely.
When you do what you love and love what you do, you’ll do it well. Your passion will show through in everything you do. Employers love people who are passionate about their work. Their enthusiasm is contagious and they bring a positive energy to their work environment. They enjoy what they do, do it well and are more often then not the ones who are promoted and become long term successful employees.
Have you found your passion? Do you love love your job? Share with us here how you found work that you enjoy.
Kathryn is a regular contributor on Million Dollar Journey and has a passion for personal finance. She volunteers her time as a money coach meeting with ordinary Canadians, teaching them the basics of budgeting, no fee banking, saving for the future and other basics of personal finance.