This is one of those things that I think most people always are looking for in their lives - finding something to have fun with, be passionate about - and be lucky enough to be doing it for a living. Success comes in so many different forms, but the foundation comes from this statement from Mr. Carnegie, is one of the many things that the sooner we understand it, the better off we are.
For me, teaching is fun. Working with my students, getting to know them, making a difference with them, helping them see the many possibilities for them and their futures; that's what it's all about. But now since I've been in education for 24 years, I am looking to make some changes to find other things that will challenge me, make me a better person, help me grow and help me to do more in this limited lifetime that we all get. No, I'm not leaving the classroom. Yet. I do see some different things for me on the horizon - teaching & coaching will always be part of who I am, what I'm about and what I do. Since I'm still enjoying these things, I know that I am going to continue doing them. I also know that there are other things out there, dreams that I have had and not yet done much about. It's time.
What is it for you? For the adults out there, do you have fun and enjoy what you spend most of your time doing? Take a few moments to do some homework for yourself - and stop and think about how your life is going, what direction you are going, what are those things inside of you that fire you up? We all have dreams and ideas of what we would love to do - why not start to try and make some of those things happen? What could you have fun at and still make a living? Or, do you have enough spare time to do those things in your life, that help make it worthwhile to keep doing what you are doing?
Another main point here - life is way too short to do things you hate all the time. It does us no good at all. The stress and worry alone affects everything in our lives. Our health, our relationships with others, our attitudes, etc. For the younger people out there - great lessons here. I tell my students all the time. Find things that fire you up. Find things that when you wake up in the morning, you can't wait to get started on. While you are young and in high school (or even before high school), read, talk to people, have your minds open to the many possibilities that are out there; and start identifying things that you enjoy and see how you can get paid to do them.
I am always interested in feedback - but this one would be unique to hear some thoughts and ideas on both sides. Do you have dreams that you are going after? Or, do you have dreams and you have felt that there is no use even trying anymore for them. (remember the discussion points on the grave yard being the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world) Those that hate your job, what do you hate about it? What would you change to make it better? Let me know - I enjoy learning from others, getting help from others and helping others too!