If you want to be happy at work, it’s important that you really do like your job. This may sound like a bit of a no-brainer, but you might be surprised how many people don’t realise this. They plod along from day to day in their nine to fives thinking that all jobs are the same. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The key to maintaining a work/life balance and being content is loving what you do. It helps if it is something that interests you or you are passionate about, for a start. If your job makes you feel like you’re stuck in a dead end and every day is like groundhog day, what can you do?
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Need to find a way out of the rat race? Then why not try and turn one of your hobbies into a money spinner. You could find yourself with a new career, and what could be better than doing something you love and getting paid for it? That’s the holy grail of just about everybody.
First of all, you have to work out your strengths. If you have a natural flair for beauty, then expand your knowledge. You could enrol in a Makeup Artist course or train to be a nail technician. If your flair is for flowers, then take up an advanced floristry course. The more you know, the better the chance you have at succeeding in your new endeavours.
Listen to what others have to say. Take all feedback on board, especially if there’s any negative stuff. It’s imperative to learn from your mistakes when you’re in business, or you could risk losing everything. And no one wants to set themselves up to fail.
Be persistent. After all, nothing is going to be handed to you on a plate. It takes hard work, guts and determination to make a success of anything, and that definitely applies to business, too. Don’t be disheartened if things take longer than you expect. It’s all part of the steep learning curve you’ll experience when you set up on your own. If people say no to your ideas, then keep trying other avenues. Eventually, you’ll get there. Very few businesses are an overnight success.
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Having a mentor can make the difference between success and failure. If you can find someone to mentor you, then you will be able to learn from their experiences – both good and bad! You may be able to find someone through your local business association, or even through your bank. Ask people you admire and look up to – but don’t be cheeky. You’ll have far more success if you let them take the lead at times and don’t ask for all of their secrets. There are some things you just have to figure out for yourself.
Have you jacked in the rat race and followed your heart? Did it work for you or did you give up? We’d love to hear your experiences; please leave them in the comments box below!