Michael Saunders, Sarasota real estate icon and entrepreneur, once said, “Being an entrepreneur is being willing to work 80 hours a week for yourself so you don’t have to work 40 a week for someone else.” I couldn’t agree more. If you have ever owned your own business, you’re nodding your head in agreement.
But what type of job/career could make getting out of bed at 6:00 am, driving a hour to work, working for 10 hours and then driving home for an hour so satisfying? Finding a job, or better yet, a career that you love is not easy. When given the opportunity to mentor young adults, I share these three key attributes to finding a job/career that is a perfect fit for them.
Take an inventory: what do you like to do?
This should be the easiest step. Most boys grow up with dreams of being professional athletes, flying to the moon, or being President, but actually “landing” those jobs is likely out of reach for many.
Frank Maselli, the author of the book “Seminars-The Emotional Dynamic,” humorously says, “I’m Italian…I like to talk and eat, and I found to way to get paid to do it.” Maselli has been the featured speaker at hundreds of sales-related seminars, and has taught others to do the same.
Take another inventory: what are you great at?
For me, playing baseball was always my dream, and while I was good at it, I wasn’t quite good enough to get paid to do it. As a matter of fact, for me, the reverse is true…I’ve paid a lot of money to get the opportunity to play.
So, in finding the job you love, you have to stand out…you have to find at least 1-2 skills at which you excel. Being “good” will get you to the minor leagues, but only being “great” will get you a pro baseball contract that can support a lifetime of dreams come true.
Find a job/career that marries the first two together (a job you enjoy that uses your best skills)
The first two attributes naturally lead to the last. You might be the best video game player in town, but chances are, no one will ever pay you to do that. The job you love isn’t always the highest paying of all the jobs you could have. For example, think of many amazing school teachers and pastors who love what they do. Most may not earn top dollar for their services unless they are extremely entrepreneurial as well.
There is a synergy that happens when all three of these attributes are in place. Brad Thor, in his article “Why Our Jobs Are A Labor Of Love” says that you can recognize this synergy by these traits: optimism, courage, determination, and faith. One or more of them are present in every person who loves their job.
Happy Valentines Day!
May you have/find a job that you love, so you’ll never “work” another day for the rest of your life. I know I do!
SRQ Wealth assists clients and their families, by helping younger generations work toward their own financial independence and understanding their stewardship responsibilities as they grow.