As was so brilliantly put by Scott Belsky in his tip in the 99 Percent blog called: Finding Your Work Sweet Spot: Genuine Interest, Skills & Opportunity. We can either work with obligation, or work with intention. The first is the kind of work that we do on those boring anoying tasks that you just can’t wait to be done with. The second is the joyful work that you love to do and would do gladly for hours on end.
Some of us spend our days immersed in the work with obligation, be it because it’s part of your job and you need do do it to pay the bills or just cause you get lost in it and end up forgetting everything else. But the work you do with intention is the best work in the world, it’s the kind of work that fills your soul and makes getting out of bed worth it. As Scott Belsky says there are three factors that define the good kind of work: genuine interest, skill and opportunity.
How do you find your genuine interest?
Well you have to look for it. Ask yourself: “What fascinates you? What topic do you like to discuss the most?” What is the one activity you get lost in and happily spend hours doing? Sometimes it may seem tricky to find your genuine interest. Life gets in the way and you don’t take the time to look for it. It’s important to abstract yourself from your actual situation, to forget what you think you can or can’t do and start thinking about what you want to do. Your genuine interest isn’t about possibilities or necessities it’s about your dreams, even the craziest ones.
After you figure that out the rest is easy. You just have to know what your good at, or get good at what you want to do and start looking and creating opportunities to reach you goals. A couple of advices: ask your friends for help on evaluating your skills, you may not be the best judge of them, and don’t look for a big break or for someone to discover you, look for small opportunities and fight to find your place.
At the end of the day we need to strive for something that makes us happy. Don’t be afraid to make a radical change because you think all you’ve done so far will be wasted, your experience is never wasted and your life will be the only thing really wasted if you don’t follow your heart.