23 September 2019
Sitting in a café at the weekend, I overheard a young person speaking about their current situation. I couldn’t help but tune into their conversation.
Over brunch, they were saying that they were in a job that they hated, that was making them miserable. They wanted to make a change. They wanted to leave their job but had no idea what they wanted to do instead, or where to even start.
So much so that they expressed a wish that their parents had pushed them into a career that they could have just followed the path of instead.
I am writing today’s post in the hope that this person comes across it and it offers them some solace or inspiration.
Had I have been on the other end of the conversation the very first thing that I would have asked is: “What are you passionate about?”
Being an enthusiast
The famed British author Roald Dahl is quoted often for saying: “I began to realise how important it is to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed, embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”
I absolutely could not agree more. The single most important part of making any decision in life is passion. There is absolutely no point in uprooting your life to take on a role or set up a business that you are not 100% passionate about. Why? Because once the novelty wears off, you’ll find yourself back where you started. When you love your work, when you know why you do what you do and you are driven to give it your all, there is literally no stopping you.
It may seem like the easier option to have your parents steer you in a direction that they feel would be good for you, but would that mean you had a happier life? I don’t think so.
So, to that person having brunch, thinking about making a change, what are you passionate about? What gives you that spark of energy, the thing that you light up when you speak about? That’s where you start your new chapter.