The First Step to Success

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Are you currently employed and dread going to work everyday? Are you stuck in a 9-5 job that you’re unhappy with? Are you always looking forward to Fridays and wish for Mondays not to come? Ah! Been there, done that! Don’t feel bad, you are not the only one!

According to a recent study conducted by the Conference Board, only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their jobs. Uninteresting work, lack of teamwork, hostile environment, low income, commute to work, bad bosses – are just some of the culprits mentioned in job dissatisfaction.

Years ago, I was in the same situation. I hopped from one job to another and did eBay selling in between. I would never stay in a job for more than a year. I was always unhappy and unsatisfied. Deep inside me, I knew I was meant to be more than being a laboratory, administrative, or executive assistant. I knew that there’s more to life than sitting behind a desk and answering phones and doing paper works and filing. For crying out loud, I have a degree in Medical Technology. I should be behind laboratory equipments and not desks. But there is a problem. It’s not what I love to do. It’s unfortunate that I realized this after I finished college.

The good thing is that…it’s never too late to start anew. It’s never to late to pursue what you love to do. After several years, I finally discovered my niche in life. I learned that I love having my own business and I love being creative. From my mother’s point of view, this was evident when I was growing up. I remember coloring my Mom’s Bible and coloring our walls with crayons! That’s the creative part of me. As I grew older, I started selling hair accessories. This is the business part of me.

Friends, we all have different opinions and definitions on success. But if we are to define success on the concept of work and/or job or business…the first step is to find what you love to do and pursue it. If you have discovered this at an early stage, that is awesome! If you have not yet, then I suggest taking a step back, evaluate, and then act.

Success never comes easy. But as the old saying goes, “The journey to a thousand miles begins with the first step.” There is no reason for you to get stuck in a job that you hate. Make no excuses. Take the first step and then move forward. Maybe you don’t feel you’re called to have your own business. Perhaps you just need to align yourself and find a company to work for that has the same passion as you do. For example, if you love working with children and you believe in uplifting them from poverty, why not find an organization that supports such? Or you love taking care of sick people, so why not be a nurse? The bottomline is you can be successful in any field if your heart is in it. Passion is the key my friends.

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