A job you actually LOVE doing

What If You Could Find a Job You Actually Love Doing?

Hi there Dear Readers,

I hope you are doing well. Today’s blog post comes from one our newest shining stars at the College. We’ll call him Mr A for now. Thank you Mr A for this really great post. We look forward to having more of your posts on our blog!

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life,” said someone somewhere once upon a time (the jury is still out on whether this was the 500 B.C. Chinese Sage Confucius, or the American business author Harvey Mackay).

Either way, I like that sentence a lot: it’s very simple (almost too simple), yet it has profound implications for the type of life you choose to lead in these busy modern times.

For me it has always been such a morbid thought to think that people spend the majority of their adult lives working in a job they find utterly dissatisfying. Think about it: for the larger part of your waking hours you will be at work – and if you drudge every morning and languidly count down the hours until you get to leave the office again, what kind of life are you really living?

Sure, you need employment to make money. And you need money to enjoy what little time you have left to yourself. But let me lay down some layman’s philosophy that will help you understand:

Karl Marx (who was one of the greatest modern thinkers, despite the failure of Soviet Communism soiling his legacy long after his death) had some interesting things to say.

Marx

He postulated that what makes humans unique is that we have to actively labour to sustain ourselves in this world. Consequently, the work we do to survive is the thing that defines us as human beings. Here is an experiment: what is the first thing you ask someone when you are introduced to them for the first time?

You probably ask:

So, what do you do?

We define ourselves and each other by our occupations, by what we do to keep existing in this world. Now, what Marx consequently decided was that because we define ourselves through our labour, what we do for a living needs to be something through which we can express our humanity. Marx wanted work to be self-actualising: a fulfilment of our potential as human beings.

Now, I’m not saying (and neither did Marx, nor Confucius, nor MacKay) that you must stop working and become an unemployed landscape painter.

  • What I’m saying is that you have to work, but you don’t have to hate it.
  • You can find a profession to be passionate about.
  • You can find work through which you’ll be able to express yourself.

Maybe you are a writer: copywriting might be an occupation that you will find highly stimulating. Are you very social and quick on your feet? Perhaps you can look into radio broadcasting as a lucrative means to making a living.

And I think this is what I like most about College SA: the variety of courses you can choose from, all geared towards interesting and ideal vocations you might never have considered before.

I was looking at the list of events management courses the other day and it struck me that I know so many people unhappily stuck in stuffy offices who would be perfect for this type of work (I’m thinking in particular of one friend who is very lively, highly organised and rather bossy)! Perhaps they need someone to tell them that they can enjoy their work and that they can be passionate about their profession.

And when you are passionate about what you do, you take pride in your job and you work harder and better.

And people will start taking note of this: it’s often people who enjoy what they are doing that naturally end up top in their fields. So, if the following picture sums up your workdays, then maybe it’s time for you to rethink a few things:

Work

Do yourself a favour and go take a look at all the career paths you can possibly study towards at College SA. Maybe the job you’ll love doing is waiting right there.

 

Thank you Mr A – I couldn’t agree with you more. I am so grateful that I am in the job that I love doing.

That’s all Readers, for today. Take care of yourselves. Remember – don’t give up on your dreams. You are worthy of having them come true!

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Passion and a will to succeed

A virgin in all of us …

 

We often look at rich and famous people and think they just had it lucky! They were born privileged and had access to money from a young age. While it might be true for a select few, this is an exception and not the rule.

You do not need loads of money or famous parents to be an entrepreneur or become successful in life. You only need to have passion and a will to succeed.

We all know the antics of billionaire Richard Branson; his legendary rivalry against British Airways and adventurous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon. His humble beginnings and fearless approach to failure, demands however a moment of your time.

Richard Charles Nicholas Branson was born on 18 July 1950, to a lawyer father and air hostess mother. He was the eldest child to this rather middle-class family. He did not excel at school, possibly due to his near-sightedness and dyslexia. At age 16 he dropped out of school. By normal standards this would have been a major stumbling block and a huge damper towards any hope of future advancement. For the young Richard this never crossed his mind, as he discovered he had an excellent ability connecting to other people. Through his natural ability of networking, he started a youth culture magazine and for the first publication in 1966, he sold enough advertisement space to distribute 50 000 copies for free. After three years in the amateur publishing business, he started a mail-order music company with friends. They called it Virgin as it was their first proper business venture.

Richard Branson

A will to succeed

Since then he started many new businesses. Some failed. Some flourished. He was even knighted by Prince Charles on 30 March 2000. Throughout his career he remained true to himself and his simple straightforward principles. Even at age 63 today, he states his occupation as entrepreneur. Sir Richard does not believe in classical business theories and his total business empire of 200 companies across 30 countries runs smoothly with a flat management structure. He believes people makes or breaks any business and for him this is his greatest asset.

In his words, ‘I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If this is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off doing nothing’. He adds, ‘Money is a by-product. It is not a goal in itself. Those who simply chase money end up with nothing of true value, because money in itself does not add anything to life. Money cannot buy the things that matter most in people, namely wisdom, serenity, leadership and happiness’.

By reading this, one can safely deduce that your eyesight is fine and chances are you hold a matric qualification. On the path to success this puts you ahead of the young Richard. If he could succeed against all odds, then you stand an excellent chance yourself!

Do not allow the thought of possible failure to stop you from trying. Learn from all your life experiences – good or bad. Past experiences shapes your character, offers guidance towards future challenges and provides a foundation to build from. The possibility of greatness lies within you.

Find something you like doing. Does it well and you will never work again a single day in your life.

 

You just need to find the virgin in you.

Why not start today?