Today I came upon one interesting article on the web and decided to compile some ideas in my blog. Maybe these can be useful to those of you who like me haven’t found their truly passion yet, but don’t give up and keep looking for it day after day. Don’t settle! Keep going! 😉
In one of the letters to his son the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein revealed the secret of learning anything. That sounds like as follows:
“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”
He’s been right, indeed. Every of us knows that sometimes the day passed without we’ve even noticed, because we were busy doing something that captured our mind, something interesting. We might have learned, have worked or have read. The point is, we feel such a great joy and go to bed tired but happy and fulfilled, as if we completed some kind of a mission.
I fully agree with this tought. It’s the most productive way to do your job, when you really love what you’re doing. But many young people nowadays are troubled to find such kind of workplace which would fit these criterias and bring them enough money to make their livelihood and make them feel successful.
Alain de Botton in one of his TED talks “A kinder, gentler philosophy of success” pointed out one very important idea that resonates with my own views.
When struggling to built up your own way to success “make sure that those ideas of success are your own. Fokus in on your ideas and make sure that you own them. Because it’s bad enough not to getting what you want. But it’s even worse to have an idea of what you want and find out at the end of a journey that it isn’t in fact what you wanted.”
To be a success doesn’t necessarily mean to make a lot of money. Are you sure that it is exactly what you want from life? Heaps of money? Me neither! Of course, I should make enough money. How much? That’s a tricky question.
Hugh MacLeod in “Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity” writes:
“The more you need the money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring. Know this and plan accordingly.”
In my opinion, he has a point here!
Now I’m looking for a suitable place to work. I spend a lot of time searching for jobs, applying, passing interviews, etc. Some of my friends think I have to stop and finally choose one company that offers good work conditions, especially high salary and start making a career there. Actually, I was thinking about it a lot. Instead of arguing with anyone who support this point of view, I would like to quote one part of Steve Jobs’ inspiring Stanford commencement speach 2005:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
So I keep searching! That’s my choice! And I am sure I will be rewarded at the end of this journey!