Why should you do what makes you happy?
10 years ago, when I was a supervisor in a restaurant at a resort, we had high school kids working over the summer, who were debating about what they wanted to major in when they went to college. My first question to them was always: “What do you like to do?” Inevitably, they’d say “Play video games, listen to music, read books” or some other hobby they were interested in. I always told them, “College is important, having a degree is important. In this day and age, it is difficult to get a job – any job- without a college degree. However, while you are finishing high school, and after you get to college, work a lot of different part-time jobs. Figure out what it is that you really enjoy doing. Find your passion. If you are working at what you are passionate about, the money will follow.” I got quite a few bewildered looks from the kids. But it was the truth. If you are working at your passion – whether it is waiting tables, singing, carpentry, machining, accounting, walking a tight-rope, or doing celebrity impersonations – you will be a happier person. If you are happy about it, it won’t feel like work. Happier people are more productive. Happier people are nicer to be around. If you are nice to be around and more productive you will be promoted more often. Hence, if you are working at your passion, the money will follow, and it won’t feel like working. So, do what makes you happy.