Love What You Do

Monica Walton walking on beach away from the water with camera on tripod in her hands

Monica Walton, from “This is Cayman” travel show, loves her job. Photo by Vagabond Media Group.

Does the fear of failure or thought of losing a regular pay check hold you back from pursuing a job you love?
If you ask yourself what you’re truly passionate about, and listen to your inner voice, you can take steps to start living an authentic life.

Perhaps it’s a hobby you’ve quietly been pursuing for years or an interest in a topic that excites you; or maybe it’s a creative talent, technical skill, business idea or great invention. Think back to what you loved doing as a kid. Do you still enjoy similar pursuits as an adult?

As the old saying goes, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” The key is to be realistic, do your research, and figure out how you can support yourself; you can still make it a side-hustle if you don’t find career success.

Often finding a mentor or a supportive online community is enough to kick-start your passion and stay the course. If you don’t have the time or money to go back to school to learn a new skill, taking an online course at your own pace is always a good option.

Studies have shown that when you combine your passion with work you’re happier, more focused and motivated, and less likely to be distracted — in short, a better performer.

You’re also more likely to come up with innovative ideas compared to someone who finds their job dull and boring.

Perhaps the biggest factor is the feeling of satisfaction and reduced stress. When you’re in your flow, the process becomes fun, exhilarating, and doesn’t feel like work at all.

So go ahead and pursue your passion so you can cross it off your bucket-list. Make your new motto be “live to work” — not “work to live.”