Do what you love
It’s quite simple… is it? Have you ever asked yourself if you chose the right career? I did. I’m a programmer and I asked myself that question many times. The answer for that question all this years was “Yes”.
Because I love it. No matter how frustrating I might feel sometimes when I’m coding and I fight the problem again and again. It’s really enjoyable when you finally put that piece of software to work. I am very lucky for having a job doing what I love to do: Programming. Not everyone has the same luck. But if you only stick to survive one more day and nothing more, then you’re wasting your life.
What if you don’t have the job you want?
Then you have to make a choice:
- You work hard in order to get the pleasure to do what you love to do.
- You don’t move a finger for it and continue doing whatever you hate (or dislike) to do.
I have seen this so many times that I feel sorry when it happens. Not everyone can get the best job. But if you want to find the best job for you, then you should start moving. Ask a simple question:
What can I do to achieve it?
Start making a list if it helps. Making changes (no matter how little) in your habits and achieving simple tasks in your list can take you one step closer to your goal.
I started to work in a call center department. It was quite exciting at the beginning because I had to speak in english (my main language is Spanish) to the clients by phone and email. But, as I told you before: I love programming! Making websites, compile things and see how it works or crashes, Whatever! And I would not achieve it in that job, right? That’s why I started to search for other opportunities. Not too long I found a job in… yes! You guessed! a call center department, But in a company that offers services to certain products and software.
Again, I was doing almost the same job (except this time I didn’t need to talk in English) and I started to improve some processes with some macros on Excel using the Developer tools. I created an inventory system and the chief of the software department liked that system. He knew I could improve myself as developer and I took the chance.
Since then, I’ve been working in amazing projects as developer, learning new things everyday. You can see that all started with that little inventory system. I started to do the things I love and then I got the results.
What do you think would have happened if I hadn’t made that software? Nothing! I’d probably still working in the Call Center department doing the same things everyday.
So there you have it. Start making little changes improving your activities and you will start getting better results!