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Even Job Seekers Get The Blues!

Follow Your Bliss!

Even Job Seekers Get The Blues!


By Thomas Watt
Monster Contributing Writer

You can kill the job hunting blues in three easy words: Follow your bliss.
It sounds easy enough. But to thousands of job seekers who log on the internet everyday, and search the endless pages of listings while the world passes them by, fun sometimes feels a million miles away.  And yet experts and amateurs alike have all come to one simple conclusion: finding a career that you genuinely have fun at, is the surest ticket to achieving the success you so sorely deserve.

Thats's Andrew Carnegie's take on it too. Carnegie, the famous philantropist and steel magnate quipped once:

"There is little success where there is little laughter."

He should know. He was the world's first billionaire, and he literally laughed his way to the bank.

Now I’m not saying quit your job today, or stay jobless until you find the right one.

No, it’s good to work, at anything, it settles things financially and mentally, so there is no rush here in finding what your passion is right away. Just find it. I myself went through countless fruitless jobs, until one day I realized I wasn’t just a lazy guy with crazy thoughts and a severe case of adhd: I was a writer. Now I spend my days writing, taking care of my kids and generally living the life of my dreams.  It’s really very simple: When you commit to your passion, the world commits to you. The money comes, the work comes, the help comes. All you have to do is take that first step.
And don’t worry if you still haven’t found what you’re truly good at or the thing that really floats your boat, you’re in good company.
Joseph Conrad, the Anglo-Polish writer who first coined the term  ‘follow your bliss’ back at the end of the 19 century, took himself, twenty odd years as a merchant mariner, sailing the worlds seas before he followed his bliss by taking up a pen and becoming one of English Literature’s greatest writers.
It’s important to also remember that no matter how old you are it’s never too late to begin to follow your passion.  Take my uncle for instance, he was an important and successful accountant for his whole life, but he wasn’t that happy, nor was his health the greatest. When he retired he went through a huge depression and then one day he decided to do something that he always wanted to do:  drive a bus, a school bus that is, you know, the yellow ones filled with screaming children. You probably won’t believe this but, he has never been happier in his life.
What made the difference? My uncle finally had the courage to do what he genuinely liked to do, no matter how unorthodox, as opposed to what society had conditioned him to ‘have to do’.
Then there’s my friend Edgar who left his own highly successful start-up clothing line, to work as a minimum wage gardener for a small company, simply because he loved working in the earth. Fast forward a year and he’s now living in a state of the art apartment and helming a commercial rooftop garden farm project that is at the vanguard of a burgeoning movement expected to become a multimillion dollar industry: urban farming.
Finally, there is the example of the ubiquitous internet sensations on YouTube, who armed with only a camera and their wit, have managed to make six figures annually in advertising income on their sites alone. The interesting thing is that no two YouTube stars are alike in their material or style, each unrepentantly follows the beat of their own drum. One thing is endemic to all though, somewhere down the line they each made a simple decision to just do what they loved: which happened to be making videos that make people laugh.
See, it’s really not about the money it’s about the happiness. It’s the common theme behind every major success. Have you ever marveled at the fact that there are so many ways to make money? The reason for this is the vastness of the spectrum of people’s joys and passions.

Having the strength to follow those passions is the key to achieving success, more than intelligence, skill, connections and drive. Think about it: the seed of desire is so powerful that it spurns the entire human race forward with hundreds of thousands of new births a day. Now imagine you put a genuine desire behind your career path. 
There’s nothing that can stop you.
So now you know the power of following your bliss, take a break from the scrolling and the fretting, sit back, breathe, and start rebuilding your foundation with this question in mind: What do I love to do? If you stick to this simple mantra daily, you will eventually get a much clearer picture of where you want to be.

And that, in the end, is what it’s all about.

Here’s to your happiness, and success.

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