Occasionally I wonder about those people (of whom I may have met two or three in my lifetime to date) who claim they love their work so much that they cannot wait to get out of bed every day. I wonder if they are just really lucky, or the hardest workers on the planet, or perhaps possess the most clarity possible, disillusioned, stoned. Or have they actually discovered their true professional callings?
Okay, I’ll admit I am jealous.
As for the majority of us, we likely spend more time wondering how we are going to get out of bed and what we may do (or might have done) to be happier and more fulfilled with our careers. Have you ever wondered how much longer you can stay working under the helm of a tyrant who seems to believe that you owe him (or her) your best energy (or juices)? Have you ever dreamed of what I might be like if you weren’t wasting your ‘juices’ on someone who does not seem to value what you bring to the boardroom table and how much more juicier you’d be if the results of your skills translated into profits in your own personal bank account and not your boss’s?
Further examination of these lovers of their careers tends to pull on and pronounce a recurring word: “passion.” Herein, may be the answer to the prayers of all of us rolling from wakeness to sleepness in the fuzzy arms of mediocre day in and day out and shriveling like last week’s grapes left out on the counter in the process. How do we maximize our juice and resist drying up under the heat of our employers’ radiation?
A recent discussion with someone who loves her work illuminated my theory about passion. This gal makes her living promoting brands, services and products of her clients by applying her connections to network these businesses whilst igniting all the available platforms of media (social and otherwise) and marketing with her results. She happens to be a fashion consultant, who will be the first to attest that her life is not as glamourous as it appears. I’ve watched her being interviewed on the local tv news, showcasing the latest models, their fashion wares of the most notable brand names and she herself looking as much like Shania Twain on stage in Vegas – every eyelash and hair in its most gorgeous places, donning fashion none of us can afford that hugs a body most women could only carve out in their dreams. Her work is not easy, but she makes it look that way. Her social media channels show clips of her being sent complementary product boxes from a vast spectrum of her clients, covered with bows and spilling with cards gushing praises of her talents while she smiles gratefully and flashes their brand names to all her loyal followers.
She admits her schedule is grueling, her personal time limited and even confesses that she wishes she had more leisure time with her small son, but she attests she loves her job: “Being surrounded by beautiful things, beautiful people and clients who are grateful to have me promote their businesses is very rewarding. What I give them (in exchange for services, pay and product) makes both of us very gratified and successful. I am passionate about my work and also passionate about my clients’ passions. Feeling that they need me is a profitable contagion; one that gets me up every day and feeds my lifestyle and my ego, keeps me aware of all aspects of how I live my life, my self-police, if you will.”
I myself have encountered a multitude of challenges this past year where my business is concerned. I’ve weathered a very tough economy and a constricting marketplace creating a shrivel of my business. Navigating these tough proverbial waters and torrential storms of uncertainty can create turmoil in all levels of one’s life. Pairing down the reality of circumstances and aligning your talents to opportunities are the key to sourcing your next career movement and being successful in the process.
If you are true to your own personal callings (here is where I turn to meditation and time in nature when I’m feeling lost in the chaos) from this tumultuous existence can emerge what you may have not recognized as your next career or extension of your current one. If you revert to the things you have always loved doing, the very tasks or movements that have caused you to feel whole, accomplished, then you know you are within your passionate realm and totally capable of completing the project with finality and finesse.
Once you identify what that is and how to get there, here is where you must work hard to stay in order to stay awake, nurture your self-juices and financial viability so you can fall asleep and happily wake up so very excited to get out of bed at sunrise.