According to research by the American Psychological Association, today’s workers are the most stressed in history, despite working shorter hours, getting higher pay and having more comfortable jobs. And it’s all down to expectations. Nobody wants an ordinary life anymore. Everyone has to be exceptional.
The trick to getting out of this mess is to do something that you actually want to do. When you’re engaged in a task you love, the money doesn’t matter. Everything just flows beautifully, like words onto a page.
In this post, we take a look at how work-from-home moms can tell if they are on the right career path or not, and whether they should switch.
You’re On the Right Career Path If You’re Doing The Thing That Excites You The Most
Nobody should spend their lives doing a job that doesn’t engage them. Yes, slogging it out in a second-rate career is okay if you need it to put food on the table for a couple of years. But it shouldn’t become a long-term part of your life.
What you want is work that genuinely excites you. Something that goes beyond the money and provides real meaning and thrill in your life. Ideally, you want work to feel more like play – something you do for the fun of it.
You Don’t Work To A Schedule
Here’s another sign you’re in the right career: it works around you instead of you working around it.
People who get to the top of their game are usually able to schedule their time how they like. That’s because they add so much value, people are grateful for whatever they create.
You’ll find that if you are doing well in your career, this will naturally happen over time. People will begin to view you as “senior,” and you’ll get all kinds of perks, including working whenever you want.
You Are A Master
Modern career assessment tools try to match up your personality to specific roles, showing you the kinds of work that would suit you best on a fundamental level. But they also point you in the direction of work in which you can excel.
For instance, introverts will always struggle to become salespeople, but extraverts might find it easy. Similarly, agreeable people will always find roles in the care industry, whereas disagreeable people won’t.
When you are in the right career, you get the sense that you’re a master of your destiny. Because it comes so naturally to you, you always feel secure, knowing deep down that you have the skill to dig yourself out of practically any hole.
You’re On The Right Career Path If You Always Strive For Excellence
Many people settle for mediocrity in their careers, satisfied with a job that “pays the bills.” But people who are in the right career for them always go beyond this. It’s not just about earning a paycheck at the end of the month, but also doing something meaningful, worthwhile and enjoyable.
Take accountancy, for instance. There are plenty of accountants out there who hate their jobs and just do it for the paycheck at the end of the month. But there are also a vast number who also just love their work and totalling up the figures for companies at the end of the month. It provides satisfaction all by itself, so that’s why they carry on doing it. It’s a chance for them to strive for excellence.
You Don’t Let Other People Bring You Down
Once you find a career you love, it doesn’t matter what it is, you get joy from it anyway. What’s more, you no longer care what other people think about your decision. Sure, your job might not be the highest-paying job around. But that doesn’t matter, so long as it makes you happy. You don’t listen to the opinions of other people or base your career decisions on what they say. It’s 100 percent your call.
You Can’t Differentiate Between Work And Play
People who really love their work don’t need a work-life balance because their jobs are their life.
To many people, this sounds like a strange thing to say because work is only something you do because you have to do it. But for those who genuinely love their careers there’s no separation. Fun and work are one and the same thing.
And here’s the really strange thing: many people who love their careers would work even if they didn’t get paid. Take Warren Buffett, for instance. He could have retired twenty or thirty years ago. But he chose not to because of how much he loves his job.