I will never forget it. I was 12 years old, standing in the kitchen. Mom had her back to me and was washing the dishes (no dishwasher then). I asked her if she really thought I had a chance at being an actress when I grew up. She turned around, wiped her hands, looked me right in the eye and said:
“Babs, you can do or be anything you want but just be sure, whatever you choose, that you LOVE it because you will be doing it for the rest of your life.”
That was the only career advice my mother ever gave me. And it was great advice! Ultimately, I went in the artistic direction into graphic design and am still working in the field today and still love what I do.
Not everyone is so lucky to find their passion early in life. And for many more of us, we find new passions as life presents itself.
Current research suggests that up to 80% of people are not happy in their current career and the main reason is because they are dissatisfied and unfulfilled. There is a disconnect between what they are doing and what they are good at.
We are working longer now than our parents and grandparents ever did and it’s not too late to follow a new found passion. Moving toward what your good at and feel passionate about is the only real way to find fulfillment in your career.