We recently posted a poll in Instagram stories asking the question, “When choosing a career, would you rather pursue your passion or a high-paying job?”
28 out of 43 respondents said they’d rather choose a job they are passionate about. So why do more people prefer to do what they love more than just working for a high salary?
Many articles will tell you that passion leads to success. When you do something you love, you’re more likely to put your heart and soul into it. Or at the very least, you might as well enjoy a job that would take up 5 days of your week, 8 hours a day.
While having a career you are passionate about sounds ideal, it’s not as simple to find. There’s a lot of pressure that surrounds the idea of finding your passion. Many people assume that it comes in a moment of epiphany, with everything else falling into place afterwards. I’ll be the first one to tell you not to worry if it doesn’t come that easily to you. It took me 7 years to find my passion (and I’m still discovering where that path takes me).
Here are 5 truths I’ve learned along the way:
1. You don’t have to know your passion right now.
You have those classmates who seemed to know what they wanted to be from an early age—be it teachers, doctors, or chefs, so much so that they immediately knew what to pursue right after graduation. But here you are, still unsure of what college course or career to follow. Being left behind makes you feel insecure.
Know that there is no ideal timeline. And it’s okay not to know your passion from the get-go.
Instead of asking yourself the intimidating question, “What do I want to do for the rest of my life?” ask yourself a more simple one, “What do I want to do in the next 6 months?”
Finding your passion will then become a step-by-step process of trial and error. So follow what excites you. And if you realize you want to shift to another career, know that you can. Until you find the one/s.
2. It’s okay to choose the “practical” high-paying job first.
It’s hard enough as it is to find any job at all, let alone one that you are passionate about.
You’re a fresh grad who, after months of job searching, decided to accept an offer even if it’s not aligned with your interests. And that might make you feel guilty or disappointed in yourself.
Chin up. Choosing the high-paying job does not mean you are giving up on your dream. It can’t be just dreams after all. You need a practical plan. Think of your current job as a means to an end. You’re giving yourself oxygen to survive as you prepare for your dream career.
3. Pursuing your passion does not mean you’re giving up money.
You don’t have to choose between doing a job you love and earning enough money to make a living. It’s possible to do both!
In fact, passion attracts success. Take it from Alessa Lanot, a woman who turned her passion for art into a profitable business of watercolor pattern designs.
Maybe doing a job you enjoy will not always pay as much as another career. But keep in mind that money doesn’t have to be the only measure of success. It’s a matter of finding the sweet spot between happiness and financial stability.
4. Finding your dream career is not always a straightforward path.
You can make a career out of your passion even in the most unlikely places. The answer is not always so obvious. If you dream of becoming a writer, a publication is not the only place to look.
You could write press releases for a big corporation, scripts for television, or even blog articles for your niche audience.
Your passion can take on many forms!
5. Not everyone will have just “one true passion.”
Society believes that people are destined to be good at just one thing their entire lives. Don’t let that stop you from pursuing your many skills and interests. Many people manage to succeed in several professions—thus the rise of multihyphenates.
So don’t be afraid to pursue your multiple passions. Embrace all of them. The world needs more multipotentialites to give life to innovations.
Wondering what jobs align with your passions? Check out the Careers Page of Edukasyon.ph to explore the professions out there for you!