There are plenty of people out there who work the 9-5 grind without feeling much satisfaction about it at the end of the day. But there are also the lucky few who broke from the norm and have been able to successfully connect passion with pay. A recent AskReddit reveals who actually likes their jobs, and how they eventually figured it out.
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Reddit user BoBroland opened up about his own experience and how he eventually went from an unsatisfying career in IT to finding his passion as a Distiller. “I’ve managed IT projects. I’ve been a game designer. I’ve been a teacher. A writer. A consultant. Nothing ever felt like a perfect fit. Now I have a job I feel fully at home with. I’m a distiller, and I love my job. I would do it even if I didn’t get paid.” He goes onto explain, “Passion is the key. Find things to do that fill you with job. Then find a way to get people to give you money for doing that. Don’t feel like you need to know today. You could be like me and not find what your joy is until your late forties.”
KrazyKrazne, Circus Dancer.
For the lucky few, it doesn’t take a lot of trial and error to figure out how to turn passion into a reality. For user krazykrazne, the solution is quite simple. “When I was 10, I saw my first Cirque du Soleil show and decided right then and there that that’s what I wanted to do. Today, I’m at one of the most prestigious circus training facilities in the world graduating with a bachelor’s degree in circus arts, and auditioning for Cirque du Soleil in three weeks.” The bottom line? “I guess it’s simple when you think about it: when you truly know what you want to do with your life, no matter how hard the path to it is, you find a way to get it done.”
Bacon_and_eggs, Graphic Designer.
Sometimes a career can sneak up on you when you’re busy trying not to have a career. Redditor Bacon_and_eggs only enrolled in community college for something extra to do. “I’m a graphic designer. It wasn’t even the slightest dream of mine when I was in high school. When I was graduating high school, I had no idea of a career in mind, and wasn’t planning on going to college. Since I was just working retail though, I decided to go to community college. A year into a liberal arts degree, a friend suggested I take a web design class with him, as he was doing graphic design. He eventually dropped out, but I went onto finish my degree. Went to a 4 year school, finished that, and now it’s my job. I love it and before college I didn’t once consider it.”
Rhysthomas77, Security Guard.
And sometimes it can sneak up on you at the same time you’re quitting another job. OP explains, “I was working as a truck driver for a few years, got sick of dealing with traffic so I gave my boss notice of resignation. On my way out I stopped to chat to the security dude and he mentioned that one of his team members had just given notice as well. I asked if I could be considered for the job and he said its mine as long as management approves. I didn’t think I was going to like the job, but 3 years later I’ve never been more happy. The parts of the job I thought I would hate ended up being my favorite part. I love my job. It changed my life.”
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