It’s a question for the ages, should you work in a field you are good at or in a field you love? Obviously, doing what you love is a choice to do what you are good at—but many of us remain stuck in a career that we don’t enjoy only because it pays more than what we love.
Why Not Do Both?
If what you love is not something you have found a way to be financially successful in, that doesn’t mean you should give it up. If playing the guitar brings you joy, play the guitar after-hours. If you love to knit, give your creations as gifts and sell them on Etsy. If you have danced competitively since you were a child, continue to take dance classes instead of going to the gym. But, if you have never pursued trying to do what you love as a career—it’s time to give it a shot!
Do What You Daydream About
Some of the things we love most become or remain hobbies. But if there is something you continually daydream about you owe it to yourself to do something about it. If your daydreams are about the glory days of times past, find ways to recreate—without getting stuck in the past. For example, if you daydream about debate consider a career field that utilizes your ability to think quickly and see both sides of a situation. If you daydream about the athletic achievements of your youth, coach the next generation.
If the thing you are good at doesn’t make your heart sing or used to but not anymore—give yourself the gift of finding a fulfilling alternative!