I graduated from college 17 years ago. Although I was fortunate to find a “good” job in the field of my choice right away, I ended up being various degrees of unhappy with my career.
It simply wasn’t the right career for me. It wasn’t well-suited to my personality or preferences. It wasn’t fulfilling, meaningful, or inspiring. It wasn’t my passion. It wasn’t my purpose.
It took me a long time to gather up the courage to do something about it. Most of those 17 years to be exact.
I had put all that effort into getting a graduate degree in a particular field, so I felt like I should actually use that education instead of “wasting” it.
I had climbed the ladder and achieved a comfortable standard of living, so I felt like it would be financial suicide to start from scratch in another field.
And the more time passed, the harder it became to course correct.
Eventually though, the pain of travelling the wrong path became too hard to bear. The call of the right path became too hard to resist.
I started to think less about what I had already done. Less about what I had already invested.
I started to think more about what I could do in the future. More about the big picture of my life. More about the kind of life I wanted.
I started to think about the fact that I still had several decades of working life left. The fact that it was pretty silly to think that it was “too late” in your thirties, forties, or even fifties.
I started to ask where I wanted to be two, five, ten years from now. I started to ask what steps I needed to take to get where I wanted to be.
My thinking shifted massively.
But unfortunately the Real World I was living in didn’t. 😉
Real World with 24-hour days, mortgages, and kids to feed.
Transitioning from Career-I-Can-Barely-Tolerate to Career-I-Am-Head-Over-Heels-In-Love-With has not been an easy-peasy overnight success story.
It has been a long process. A long process with tears and self doubt and maybe-I-should-just-quits.
Along the way, I have needed lots of inspiration from those who went before me. Those brave souls who followed their hearts and their passions. To keep my spirits up, I have a print-out of career quotes in my desk drawer that I like to read when I start doubting myself and need an extra push to keep going.
Today I decided to share my collection of career quotes with you. Maybe you too are thinking about a career change? Maybe you too are feeling the pull of a different path? If so, I hope these career quotes inspire you as much as they have inspired me. 🙂
Career Quotes To Read When You Want To Be Inspired
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.
If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For passion will lead you right into your purpose.
My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.
And then there is the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.
Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.
Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.
It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than to be on the top of one you don’t.
Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.
I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that is how you grow.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.