Although James Watson was following in his dad’s footsteps and running the family turkey farm, something inside him didn’t feel right. “It was a harsh reality; I was working with turkeys and not soaring with eagles. In other words, I saw that (1) – you will not have anything to give anyone else if your work drains you. (2) – if you do not like what you are doing, you will be going through the motions, just doing your job. If you continue, eventually you will become used to not doing your best and the quality follows, going downhill.”
You can’t help but become aware that you are not doing your best and it affects your whole life and self-esteem. You don’t feel as good about yourself and your quality of life just spirals downhill from there.
Time’s A Ticking
No one is going to walk up to you and say, “Here’s what you should do.” Only you can decide what is the best job for you. It doesn’t have to be opening your own business. It could be something that means you work for someone else your whole life. The point is that you find what makes you happy, the thing that makes you want to get up and go work on every day.
There is no better time than now to find out what that is. Even if you are caught in a daily 9-5 grind, take a few minutes each day to seek out your calling. It may be something you are already doing on the side, such as gardening, making clothes, designing computer games… the possibilities are endless.
Make a list of the things you love to do or would wish you could do that you know you could do every day and with joy. Once that list is made, check out the possibilities – Google it on the Internet to find out everything from income potential to schooling; call family, friends and neighbors that are doing what you want to do and ask them questions; see if there are internships or even part-time jobs in the field you can take on so you can acquaint yourself with it.
After a bit of exploration, if you are still not sure, there are sites online that offer tests that can help you explore your options.
Move now. Make that step toward happiness today.