Friday, February 8, 2013

help wanted: finding purpose and passion in a career

something i’ve been struggling with during my quarter-life crisis is figuring out my purpose, my passions and how the heck those elements translate into a job (you know, that thing that provides you with the money you need to live in exchange for your soul).

i saw this steve job’s quote the other day and it’s haunted me ever since. there’s always quotes about “love what you do and you’ll never work another day in your life”, but this is the first time i’ve seen the quality of what you do mentioned in that equation. i often feel inadequate in my job, and i recognize that a lot of that has to do with my insecurities, inability to give myself credit for anything and being relatively new to my role. but, is there another component to it? if i don’t 100% love what i do, if what i do isn’t aligned to my passions, will i ever feel great at what i do? will i ever reach my greatest potential?

until i have my great epiphany, i will continue to carry on and do the best i can where i am right now. i love the company i work for, the people i work with, but i’ve been here long enough to know that there’s something else out there for me. i just don’t know what it is.

how did you know what you were meant to do, career or life wise? was it obvious, or did you struggle through figuring it out? is there a voo-doo spell or chant i can say that will make my purpose reveal itself sooner?


  1. I have always struggled to relate to people who weren't in love with, or passionate about their job, because I have always known this was my calling and I couldn't understand how others didnt know the same. My husband is one of those people. He loves what he does in some capacity, but can't close his eyes and picture himself doing the same thing 10 years from now. I can. Maybe not in the same classroom, but I can. I am SO grateful that I don't struggle with this. Every now and then I lose my passion for what I'm doing because I got lazy and stopped challenging myself, but that doesn't last for long.

    Sorry, rambling. I basically started responding with the intent to say I wish I had some grand suggestion for you to find your ideal future. I knew back in 2nd grade, when I played "school" in the summer, with a chalkboard and everything, I knew I was going to be a teacher. That was after my dream of being a priest was crushed by the Catholic church ;)

  2. Ha I have no idea what I want to do, I just hope it jumped out at me one day soon ;)

  3. At least we're in the same boat then - good to know it's common practice!

  4. First of all, I love that you wanted to be a priest. That's awesome on a totally different level.

    And I am always in awe of people like you who know their calling. My boyfriend knows his, and so does my best friend. It makes me insanely jealous at times, but also incredibly happy for them. It's a gift, that is for sure!

  5. I'm the same way - I love the company and the people, but not the work. I'm still not sure how to find it...but I'm always jealous of the people around me who are SO excited about what they do.

  6. Don't take this the wrong way - but this makes me feel better. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way about where we work :) If I figure anything out that helps, I'll send it along your way!


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