Many scientific studies show that the wrong career can actually make you seriously ill. People under significant stress at work have more than double the average number of colds. Their compromised immune systems cannot defend against illnesses, even life-threatening ones such as cancer. New research also shows that a lot of stress at work makes people age faster and die younger.
People whose work uses their talents fully, fits their personality, rewards their values, fulfills their goals, and is enjoyable, live longer and enjoy better health and, as a result, more vitality and well-being in all aspects of their lives.
If you are not happy to hop out of bed in the morning to go to work, the money or prestige will never be enough.
I have clients who make six or seven figures. They will tell you it’s not enough. It’s never enough. No matter how much money or prestige you earn, you are not successful if you are miserable or not fully engaged in your work.
On the other hand, if making a lot of money is important to you, you are much more likely to reach that goal if you pick a career that both fits your talents and holds the potential for above-average earnings. Being good at what you do, you compete more effectively in the marketplace. Enjoying what you do, you bring an appetite and enthusiasm to your work that usually pays off.
The greatest adventure is living life fully. What makes it such an extraordinary adventure is that it continues all through life, turning you into the main character in your own long and interesting novel. If you live your life fully day after day, you will never run out of enjoyable things to do. Since you will spend more of your life working than doing anything else, why not make your career part of your lifelong adventure? You do not need to make big career compromises. The first step to a more satisfying life is to promise yourself you will design and find a new career that fits everything important to you.