In today’s world, money is an essential aspect of our lives, and we need it to survive. However, taking a job just for the sake of money can have severe consequences. Some people make the mistake of accepting any job that pays well, even if it is not something they enjoy or are passionate about. Taking any job when unemployed may be tempting, but it is essential to think long-term and choose a career that aligns with your passion, whilst choosing a career that you are passionate about is one of the most important decisions you can make in your life. It can have a significant impact on your happiness, fulfilment, and overall quality of life.
Furthermore, taking a job solely for the money can negatively impact your mental health. An unfulfilling career can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression, which can affect your overall well-being. On another hand, choosing a career that you are passionate about can lead to greater job satisfaction. When you are passionate about your job, you are more likely to feel fulfilled and satisfied with your work. This can lead to a more positive outlook on life and can improve your overall well-being. On the other hand, if you take a job that you are not passionate about, you may feel unfulfilled and unsatisfied, leading to a negative impact on your mental health.
The most important benefit of choosing a career that you are passionate about is that it can lead to higher quality work. When you are passionate about your job, you are more likely to put in the extra effort to do high-quality work. This can lead to better job performance, which can lead to greater recognition and opportunities for advancement. Taking a job just because you are unemployed may lead to a lack of motivation, which can lessen your work quality and missed opportunities for advancement.
In the past, I held the belief that money was the most important thing. However, as I matured, I realized the value of pursuing a career that aligns with my passions. This enables me to avoid finding myself in a position where I prioritize money over personal fulfilment. Again, being blessed with one or more passions in life can prove to be incredibly advantageous, and I count myself amongst the fortunate. I possess a keen interest in both Environmental Management and cooking, providing me with the option to opt for a career in either one of these fields. This enhances the probability of securing jobs that genuinely resonate with my passions.
Some advice from me to you today is that, take the time to find a career that you are truly passionate about and enjoy the benefits that come with it!
By: Thabelo Malada, Environmental Assessment Practitioner.