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Most of us get bored with work from time to time. We have bad days, we worry about going back after days off, and we wonder if this is really what we want to do. This usually passes. If not, it might be time to ask yourself if this is really how you want to spend your life? Does your career make you happy? Do you feel passion for what you do? Does it excite you? If not, it’s time to find your passion. 

Think About What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up

When we’re kids, most of us go through phases. Some people always know what they want to be. They go through school with this in mind. They know precisely what courses they need to take and apply for part-time work that will help them on their career path. But, most of us don’t. We have phases where we want to be doctors or teachers. We play games where we are pilots or racing drivers. We grow out of things, our interests change, and we learn about new professions. But, just because we grew out of playing cops and robbers, doesn’t mean that we have to leave it behind. If you feel a little lost in your career, and you are struggling to find something that you feel passionate about, looking back at those childhood games and adventures is often a great idea. Ask yourself what you wanted to be when you were young, and what games you enjoyed the most. It might give you some inspiration. 

Look At Thriving Careers

Looking at popular careers won’t tell you what you should do. But, it might give you some ideas, as well as a way to learn about thriving careers, which could offer you job security and a chance to grow and develop. 

Look at New Careers

If you’ve never known what you want to be, and you’ve never felt passionate about any of the jobs that you have had in the past, maybe it’s because the job that you are meant to be doing is relatively new, and you don’t know that much about it yet. Look at blogging. Ten years ago, very few people made any money out of blogging, and it certainly wasn’t a realistic career option. Now, many bloggers make a full-time income, gain valuable experience, and have opportunities that they might not otherwise have. Many online jobs didn’t exist not that long ago, and many industries have changed beyond recognition due to the growing use of the internet in day to day life. 

Ask Yourself What You Like About Work

Look at the jobs that you’ve had in the past. Even if they weren’t right for you, or didn’t offer you long-term happiness, there might have been elements of them that you have enjoyed, that could help you to find a career that you love. Do you like working with people? Did you enjoy the hours or the atmosphere? Did you find it exciting? Or enjoy that no two days were the same? Was it the flexible hours, or the structured days that appealed to you?

And What You Don’t Like

Equally, the things that you didn’t like and haven’t enjoyed in the past can guide you to a future career. Ask yourself why you left previous positions? Write a list of all of the things that you haven’t enjoyed about jobs, and think about things that you would like to have changed. 

Think About Your Hobbies

Often, the people that have jobs that they feel passionate about don’t see them as jobs. They are interested in the industry. They’ve spent time doing it in their spare time. Think about your hobbies. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Or what hobbies have you loved in the past? Ask yourself if you could make money from any of these things, or if it would be possible to start your own business from them. 

Create Something New

Starting a business is easier than it has ever been before, which means that it’s also easier to make money doing something different. So, no one makes money doing the things that you love now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t. Take a risk and start your own business doing something that no one else does

Don’t Force Yourself to be Glamorous

Most of us want our passion to be something cool or trendy. You might want to tell people that you’d love to be an astronaut or surgeon, but if you don’t, you don’t. Few people grow up longing to be a cleaner, and no one wants to admit that doing the ironing is their favorite way to relax. But, if you love to clean, and nothing gives you greater pleasure than seeing the results of your hard work, then maybe starting a cleaning business would make you happy. 

Are you passionate about your work? Share with us what you do and why you like it.

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