We spend most of our time at work therefore it’s fair to say our careers take up a huge part of our lives. This is why it is important you are doing something you love and can see your future in.

Before making any career moves there are 3 important questions you need to ask yourself.

Do you enjoy what you do?
Does your income meet your basic and immediate needs?
Are you good at what you do?

Enjoying what you do can make even the lowest paid job a pleasure waking up to however it is also important to be able to earn enough to meet your financial responsibilities. Being passionate about what you do also makes it easier to do your job and more importantly increases your happiness.

The most successful people in life are those who have turned their passions into careers. They are successful because they enjoy what they do, are good at it and even better, get paid to do it.

If you are happy with your job, this is great news. Still, don’t become complacent, begin reviewing options for a promotion.  Perhaps taking extra qualifications or asking for extra responsibility to prove your capabilities.  Set yourself a target, where do you want to be in the next 5 years?  Now begin making plans to get there.

If you are unhappy with your career, ask yourself this, provided money was not an option, what would you do?  For example if your answer is something completely different from what you are doing now then why not explore the possibilities of this new path.  Say your answer was baking, why not start baking for events and see how your friends respond to your baking skills. Based on their response you could research your competition and the market. In the event you get positive feedback on your baking skills, then consider taking up some classes to perfect your techniques. Set a target date to register your business, which you could start part time and take up full time once you feel secure enough both financially and mentally.   But don’t be disheartened if you are unsure of what you love doing, why not ask your friends what you do best and go from there.

Closing note – nothing comes easy in life, to get to a destination you have to take many steps.  Like Thomas Edison said ‘I haven’t failed 999 times, I’ve found 999 ways not to make the electric light bulb’.  So next year don’t pass on that promotion or dare to make a career move – dare to think BIG.