“Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” – Confucius
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  • 09 Mar 2013

I have recently spent time reflecting on some stuff that, for me, is vitally important in life. See if this rings some bells. You’re at a party and get introduced to someone.

“Gidday, (your name), nice to meet you….so what do you do for a job?”

“I’m a (fill in the blank)”

“And how do you like that?”

Pick from: “It’s alright” / “It’s a job” / “Pays the bills” / etc., etc., etc.

There are some who are even less than ambivalent – they hate their job with a passion but feel like they have little choice and stick it out. I find this one of the saddest things I ever hear.

I’m one of the very few annoying ones at the other end of the scale. I love what I do – not just like it, but love it with a passion! Yes, I have the great fortune to have discovered something that for me, answers three key questions:

1) What do I love doing (what is it that I have a real passion for)?

2) What am I good at? (not necessarily related to the above)

3) What can I get paid for?

Most people have two and three pretty well sorted – they’re doing something they’re pretty good at (or they wouldn’t have a job for long) and they’re getting paid for it (but never as much as they think they’re worth). But very few are doing something they have a real passion for – something that really inspires them to leap out of bed and look forward with relish to another day to get stuck in and make a contribution.

As I said, I count myself as one of the few lucky ones. Not only do I get to own an iconic Kiwi business (with my wife) and work with an amazing team, but I get to work with great clients and really help the people involved in them and their organisations make some significant gains.

And for me, when I sum it all up, I realise the biggest buzz I get comes from the feeling that what I do makes a difference. That I am not just spinning the wheels but I’m doing something that matters – to me and to others. That is my passion.

So what matters to you? How do you rate your answers to the three questions above?

So, if you never want to work another day in your life then now is the time to find out what you’re passionate about and start working towards it; life truly is too short to spend all the hours that we do at work, doing a job that you don’t enjoy.