I just won’t be the “zillionth” blog with the “zillionth” motivational article about how to be successful and completely balanced in your career, but what i will do is i will try to speak from my own point of view and from my own experience about achievement and fulfillment.
One thing that i have learned from my 6 years of employment and – almost – an year of freelancing is that everything starts from loving your job. And i’m not necessarily talking in the traditional sense of the word “job”. If you do not love what you do, if you do not absolutely adore every task that comes on your desk (or inbox) it’s not worth it. And another thing is to ALWAYS learn something new with every project. Now… if you think that your job is going to be sweet and fluffy all the time, well you are wrong. There are going to be a lot of moments when you will be drained by the requests of your managers or clients, when you’ll sleep three hours a night just to learn a new “trick”, a new “catch”, to use in your next project or when you will have to put up with inimaginable conditions just to go through the month. But, what matters is that, at the end of the day, you will be filled with the best feeling that exists: doing what you love.
And you know what? Nobody can give you this feeling, it’s only up to you to make it real. And nothing else can replace it. So many people are lost and caught up in the illusion of what makes them happy, in the run after standards imposed by the society or the people around them, in the clinging to persons or situations they think will save them. But the thing is that it goes the other way around. You must first do what you love, you must allow yourself to be filled with a passion for all the small parts that compose your life, for everything that you are, was and will be, and THEN the rest will follow. Or at least you will have a solid enough reason to wake up every morning.
After all, when you truly love something you love it with the goods AND the bads, not just the goods. And being happy and positive doesn’t mean you won’t have bad days, doesn’t mean you won’t stumble into problems and doesn’t mean you won’t have to worry about anything ever again. But it does mean that you don’t regret anything, even the silly mistakes you made along the way, and if you would be able to choose, you would do it all again in the exact same way.
During my life journey so far i was inspired by a bunch of people and all my heroes come from the fields of music and arts. And they all whispered to me through their works “follow your dream”. You can always feel when somebody puts heart and soul into what he does. And i could feel all this in every piece of their art. Many of them suffered rejections, lack of understanding from their counterparts or times of distress when they had absolutely nothing else apart from their passions. But they didn’t gave up because they knew that what they believe in is something stronger and more rewarding than everything else they could have.
So right when you’re about to say “but my dream is stupid” – think again! Even if it might sound stupid to others, if it makes you happy it’s all that matters and besides, the whole concepts of what is “stupid” or “not stupid”, what is “possible” or “impossible”, “real” or “imaginary” are relative. One day someone out there was the first person who said it is possible, who turned imagination into reality, who set a vibe for a whole new direction. That spark lives in all of us, all you have to do is bring it out to the surface.
I know all these things have been said before. Be daring, people, because somewhere in between your passions and your dreams lies your whole life! Don’t waste it.