I’m always amused when I hear “find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” because I don’t think I truly believe in that statement. Sure, you should absolutely follow your dreams and lead with your passions when deciding what career path to take in life, but I think it’s misleading to say it won’t take any work. This might be blunt, but you will be set up for failure if you think that your dream job will come together effortlessly.
For example, you can be passionate about napping and Chick-fil-a, but the likelihood that those passions will lead you to a prosperous life is slim. You can be passionate about helping people and find a job that will be rewarding and fulfilling to you, but you will still have to work to ensure you are meeting the needs of those you’re helping while not overexerting yourself in the process.
Now I know what you may be thinking, “Sarah, didn’t you just launch this blog and claim it as your passion project?” You’re absolutely right! I took a leap of faith and decided to follow my passion, but it still took me work to get to this point—I don’t want to misguide you into thinking I’m arguing following your passions, I want that to be clear, I’m simply saying that it will take work internally and externally.
I believe that when you find what you’re passionate about, there will be some work to ensure that it stays untouched, untethered, and as pure as possible. In order to protect your mental health, relationships and overall work-life balance, you need to be diligent about removing certain parts of your career from your personal life. While I fully believe you CAN find a job that you truly love, it will still require some work, therefore “find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” holds no truth in my eyes.
Along that same thought, I also believe that we have created a culture that is OBSESSED with finding their calling and true passions in life. Now by no means am I saying that this is a bad thing, but I do think there are negative qualities that have been born from this mentality.
For example, I think we place a tremendous amount of pressure on college graduates (and young adults in general) to have life completely figured out. I remember when I was in my senior year of college, many nights were spent studying for tests and even more nights were filled with real-life talks with my roommates that typically resulted in a cry fest of not know what to do after graduation. Me personally, I think I cried more than the average graduate because I already place an enormous amount of pressure on myself due to being a semi-perfectionist—I am my own worst critic. However, I still think a fraction of the stress I was feeling stemmed from the overwhelming amount of questions I received from family members, friends, family friends—truly innocent people—wondering what I was doing post-grad. For some strange reason, college students are expected to have life all figured out even though life rarely goes according to the plans we set for ourselves…
So you see, I understand the intention behind following your passions in regards to finding your purpose and calling in life—and ultimately finding a career that marries the two. But to say that it will not require work is just not true. Anything that you want in life will take work—work on believing that the higher power you believe in will follow through on His plans for you, work on having faith to take a step into the unknown, work to keep your life balanced, and make sure it’s filled with passion. I think it’s safe to say we should dive deep and figure out what it is that makes us feel alive, even if work is required. After all, nothing worth having will come easy or without effort, so let’s lean into that mentality more.