Finding balance between security and passion
All of us, at least once in our life find ourselves at cross roads forced to choose either security or passion. It is either engineering or film making, either being a writer or a banker, either pursuing a degree in dance or economics. It is always either, seldom both. Research has shown that the happiest are those people who manage to find a balance between passion and security, be it personal or professional life.
We all want a job that makes us want to get out of the bed every day. After all, did we spend our time attending lecture after lecture and submitting numerous assignments and projects only to end up doing what we don’t like for the rest of our lives? Steve Jobs in his infamous speech says, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” It might have worked for Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Sachin Tendulkar and a countable few others.
We have often heard, “Follow your dreams. Do what you love to do”. This is also the general ideology youngsters would like to follow to choose their career. But not all of us end up in a job that we are passionate about and that which provides enough financial security. Many may argue that passion drives careers but when you do what you love for a career, the passion quotient deters a bit. There are very few people who figure out what they want to do early in life, most often than not, others join the race after trying their luck in their field of passion. This is mainly because of expectation. When the work environment fails to match you’re passionate intensity for the job in hand, it is a major letdown. If we carefully study the career paths, employees slowly begin to love their work in spite of no evidence of pre-existing passion.
Paul Graham, an essayist and venture capitalist provides a very interesting point of view that all of us could try to emulate, thus bringing in the success combination of passion and security together. He says, “There’s a sense of “not everyone can do work they love” that’s all too true, however. One has to make a living, and it’s hard to get paid for doing work you love. There are two routes to that destination: The organic route: as you become more eminent, gradually to increase the parts of your job that you like at the expense of those you don’t. The two-job route: to work at things you don’t like to get money to work on things you do.”
Thus finding a way to follow your passionate dreams along with a secured career seems to be the mantra of youth today. While joining clubs that provide a platform to enhance your knowledge about what you love to do remains the most popular option, a group of enthusiasts sharing a common passion also come together to start small scale ventures.
It is no longer about doing either what you love or doing what you feel secured. It is all about taking chances, converting the misfortunes into opportunities and most importantly finding the balance.