Editor: The economy isnât getting any better than it is on paper. The list of bills to pay are growing longer, and the influx of income â relatively thinner. We canât deny the fact that working nine-to-five could come in handy now more than ever.
However, aside from the customary routine of trying to stay alive, getting employed, making money, starting a family, and raising cool kids, everybody wants a âlittle extra somethingâ out of life. Not everyone necessarily wants to be great or âchange the worldâ like the crazy egocentric maniacs do, but every person craves to be more useful with their hidden genius or natural creative gifts.
The unemployment rate increases almost as often as we turn on the news. Hence, people are literally cut out for just about anything that brings income, in order to stay âgainfullyâ employed. But while we settle for less on momentary jobs, a lot of us donât seem to find the required satisfaction that motivates us to be more productive. The privilege of changing our jobs still doesnât do the trick, as we eventually get to hate on the new job the same way we did with the previous. If you feel this way about your work, then youâre certainly on the right track, because you deserve a lot more. So, why settle for less?
You canât be fulfilled in your job, if youâre slowly drowning in the wrong profession! If you arenât passionate about your line of work, or canât see yourself clinging to it on a long term, then you might have chosen the wrong career path. How much of your âhidden geniusâ have you discovered? How much of your natural creative abilities are directly connected to your current job? None? Very well, then, finding a new job to tolerate, should be the least of your concerns right now.
Oftentimes, the extra fulfillment we seek for in life is tied to our passions â and how well we pursue them â with the help of our natural gifts. Itâs our passion for something that keeps us going, even when the pay isnât exactly right, or when we encounter toxic discouraging moments. When we fail to crack open our minds to discover what our true identity and passions really are, we continue to be the unhappy employees who help our bosses achieve their dreams, while we remain miserable from continual complaints â even though we could be employers of labour ourselves. Why bury all your lifeâs worth just to be enslaved by a regular job thatâs driving you insane, when such valuable time can be invested in a craft youâre gifted in and passionate about?
Find something youâre good at, and work twice as hard developing yourself on it â even if you have to intern for free! Market your skills, give every opportunity a shot, and take up a job thatâs wired into your newfound passion. As once tweeted by Donald Trump, âIf you wanna make money, stick with what you know and love.â
Well, Mr Trump did stick with his love for business â and a rare gift of attracting hatred from women; look where it got him…
(Nimi Princewill is a Nigerian-born writer and social reformer)