do what you love

My mother once told me, “Do what you love, and the money will follow.”  I’ve tried to abide by this rule, seeking out employment in fields that interest me primarily because of my passions rather than the monetary reward.  I think it’s important to keep in mind that money can buy you plenty of things, but happiness isn’t one of them.  You’re going to be spending at least eight, if not more, hours a day in your career, so don’t choose something that’s going to make you miserable.  Concurrently, if you’re doing what you love, success will come naturally.  In the words of Abraham Lincoln,

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

Sometimes you have to take a job to maintain an income, but always remember what really makes you tick, and strive to enter that field.  If you don’t know what that field or career might be, turn to informational interviews, friends, relatives, anyone who might be able to provide insight into the inner workings of a particular field.  Asking questions never hurt anyone, and it might even unearth a job lead!  Be aggressive, and good luck!


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