“Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” If you haven’t heard this phrase, you live under a rock. Believe it or not, in this blog we will debunk this phrase as it is not always the case. The problem really comes in in the second half of the phrase that states that you will, “never work a day in your life,” if you find your true passion. We are here to tell you that it doesn’t matter how much you love what you do, you will have hard days just like everyone else, and probably wind up asking yourself why you do it. The point is, this phrase brings along the delusion that there’s ONE thing out there that will check every single box, make each day cupcakes and rainbows, and never leave you feeling like you would rather sit home and watch movies than go to work that day. This is not to discourage people from pursuing their passion as we strongly encourage that. We’re just saying that maybe the phrase should be, “do what you love, and you will have more good days than bad.”

Studies show that students must weigh between choosing a major based on their passion or monetary concerns. If this is what you’re choosing between, the answer is always your passion. Ask anyone, no amount of money can buy you happiness. You could be the wealthiest person alive and still have the same problems as the rest of us. What we’re saying is don’t be naive in thinking once you find a job you are passionate about that it will offer every single thing you’ve ever wanted.

Even if you might be thoroughly passionate about the work you are doing, the job may not offer the work-life balance you desire. If you have a job, you are passionate about you may likely put in an extra hour here and there, maybe spend some extra time on the weekends, and yeah, at first, it’s no big deal, right? You love doing it so It’s no sweat. A burn-out will hit you like a ton of bricks, and employees who do not have a work-life balance tend to burn out more quickly than those with a balanced schedule. Maybe you’ve found a job that you are so passionate about that leaves you working holidays and weekends. There will come a time when you miss out on one too many friend or family gatherings that even the love you have for your job is not enough to accommodate that feeling of missing out.

The point is, regardless of if you love your job or not, you need to make sure you are still diligent with putting yourself and your needs/wants first. Do not be discouraged if you find a job you are passionate about but ultimately come to the conclusion that it does not offer you the life you desire outside of your working hours. Keep your mind open to new opportunities. There is likely more than one thing you are passionate about, and maybe you find that you have a passion for a job that offers you a well-balanced lifestyle that your previous passion could not. It ultimately is in your hands to create the lifestyle you want to have and unless you are privy to not having to work, you will have to factor a job into your life as well.

Also remember, that it’s okay to have bad days. Everybody does. Just because you encounter a bad day don’t let yourself go into a spiral of questioning all of your life decisions. Let it be as simple as you had a bad day and tomorrow will be better. It does not have to have some deep-rooted meaning and there does not need to be something to blame.

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