March 23, 2018
“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.” My sister has these words from Steve Jobs written on a note that she reads aloud every day. She had decided to quit a job back in November that wasn’t serving her anymore and was taking away her happiness. She didn’t have another job set up either. It was a very hard decision for her to make, but she came to the conclusion that working at a job that drained her and caused her great mental strain was not worth the money. Thus began her unemployment.
Whether you have gone through it yourself or know of someone who has, you know that unemployment is rough. Going through multiple applications and interviews is a rollercoaster of hope and disappointment. It’s exhausting and, a lot of the times, it makes one feel unworthy after being told in various ways that the position you applied for is going to someone else. Even though I’m not experiencing unemployment personally, I have learned a lot by watching my sister go through it.
I’ve learned that you must be selfish with your time and what you use your energy for. Life is short. Your time is valuable. Don’t spend your life, or any part of it, that goes against your purpose or insults your worth. This leads to another thing I learned…
Do what you love. Yes, I know that’s a cliché, but it is so very important. It goes hand in hand with my last lesson; if you aren’t doing what you love or if it’s not going to get you somewhere you want to be, why are you doing it?
Just last week, my sister got a job. It was the biggest relief and such a big weight off of her shoulders. There were many times that she wanted to give up finding a job in the industry she loved for a job that would be easy to get. But she didn’t; she kept reciting those words by Steve Jobs and persisted in her journey.
To the person who is reading this, if you’re searching for a job or are in a job that you dislike, take a step back and realize your worth and never forget it. If you don’t get a call back from a job you really want, there will be another one. If you get turned down after an interview, keep finding different opportunities. They are always out there and are just waiting for you to find them.