When choosing a career path, people often struggle between something they are passionate about and something they might not like very much but is well paid. In this case, the latter very often wins, and just as often, it leads to people hating their jobs or simply never being better than average at it. With that in mind, here’s why choosing a job that you love is more important than choosing a job that is better paid.
Money can’t buy time
You may think that working for money and fulfilling your basic daily needs is enough to keep you motivated. However, one thing you cannot buy with that money is time. Keeping in mind how many hours you actually spend at work, if you don’t love what you do, all those hours can easily feel wasted. Not to mention that one hour at work will seem like three simply because you’ll constantly feel bored and stressed out. On the other hand, when you’re doing something you’re passionate about, your job doesn’t really feel like something that you’re “forced” to do. It becomes a means for you to further explore your passions, learn more every day, and actually have fun, which is something a person who doesn’t like their job would have to do outside work – if they have any time and energy left for it.
You would be more productive
Studies have shown than an average person is productive only for about three hours during their 8-hour workday. Of course, this number can be even lower if your job is mundane, not engaging enough, or simply, not interesting to you. The thing is, when you’re doing something you hate, you are naturally looking for reasons to avoid it. This includes taking frequent breaks, checking social media on your phone, or just daydreaming. Then, you’d go home feeling drained and exhausted, as it takes all your energy to get the job done. When you’re doing something you’re passionate about, though, you are much more productive, energized, and motivated to actually do your job.
You’d come up with better ideas
When thinking about your job and ways to improve your own performance, if the job in question is something you’re passionate about, you’re more likely to actually come up with good ideas. For example, in this day and age, technology is your friend in almost every business field. So, if you happen to be a property manager or an owner, and you’re looking for a better way to stay organized, you can make use of different apps and programs. In this case, you could learn how to use a good property management system, which would help you both save time and manage your properties better.
You would be more successful
Becoming more productive at work and coming up with better ideas are things that are also bound to make you more successful at your job. Whether this means getting a raise or gaining more clients, you’d inevitably feel much more fulfilled. Moreover, being successful in your professional life can affect your private life as well. You would be more confident, emotionally stable, and overall happier, which also implies that your kids would be happier because their parents wouldn’t be in a bad mood whenever they come back from work. Your partner would be happier as well, because you could talk about your day without constantly complaining about how much you hate your job. Of course, a successful career does not guarantee a successful private life, but it does improve your chances of it.
You would inspire others
Last but not least, there are many people out there struggling between the two mentioned choices, and there are many people telling them to choose the option that is better paid for one reason or another. Moreover, since people are very often afraid to follow their dreams, it doesn’t take much to persuade them to opt for something more “practical”. However, when you take that leap, and you succeed, you become proof that doing what you love can pay off in more ways than one. In other words, you become an inspiration to those people, and you can encourage them to make the choice that they won’t regret.
We’ve all heard the saying that money can’t buy happiness, and even though having enough money to support yourself does matter, it should never come at the price of your mental health. What good is having more money than you can spend if you’re too drained from work to actually enjoy spending it? On the other hand, if you choose a job that you love, you’d already have one less thing to spend money on. With all that in mind, don’t let your years go to waste. After all, you only have one life, so think about how you really want to spend it.