What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m sure you were asked this question multiple times when you were a youngster.   How many times have your own children been asked this?

When asked the question, did you have an answer at the ready, or did you need a few minutes to think about it?

We all had dreams of becoming something great, like a fireman, a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, or a rock star, just to name a few. Well, how did you do? Maybe you never aspired to be what you set out to be or said that you would become. But then again, things do change. The older we get, our tastes change, our view of the world changes, even our goals change. I was always very creative and had dreams to become an Artist.  In a way, being a Marketeer, I am using that creativity.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during my career path is to do something you love to do.

Why is this important?

I feel that if you really love what you do, you end up being happy in more ways than one. Life itself becomes much more interesting and fun. You find yourself speaking passionately to others about your work. The experiences you have along the way become much more rewarding, and enrich your life in many ways.

You meet fascinating people. I know so many people who have turned favourite hobbies into small businesses and have succeeded. Sure, they may have had to sacrifice a steady income for their happiness, but not one of them either turned back or gave up. Their passion carried them through to success.

While no job or business is perfect, the important thing is to enjoy it, and learn from it. If you are unhappy in your current situation, why not take steps now to change it? Somewhere out there is a job or business that is perfect for you. If you are already there, I applaud you. If not, realize that it may take some time to figure out what you really want to do, and even more, time to actually get there. That’s ok too! I can tell you from experience that finding and doing what you love is absolutely worth it, every step of the way. The journey I have been on has made me a stronger, happier person.

Feeling in charge of my own destiny – well, there just is no greater feeling.  I can do what I want when I want.

Do what you love, and love what you do, whatever that may be.

You will be happier for it, trust me.

I promise you will never look back.

Amanda Ayres

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