When it comes to start-up investing, it has been said that one unicorn can make up for a dozen duds. What that means is that if you can find a company in its very early stages, like a Twitter or Apple or Google, you can make such a disproportionate amount of money from that one company, it can make up for dozens of investments that never worked out. Just a couple of those and you can be set for life. The challenge is that they are so rare and so hard to find, most people never reach that elite echelon of the few people that have had the insight, foresight, and luck to stumble upon a unicorn like that. Many people never even step in the kiddie pool of start-up investing (myself included), because they know the odds are significantly stacked against them.
Unfortunately, many people feel the same way about finding a career, occupation, or business they can fall in love with. Many of you are probably smirking right now about the idea of “falling in love” with your work. You might be thinking I am crazy for thinking it is possible to love your work. “It is work for crying out loud! It isn’t supposed to be fulfilling. It is supposed to fill the space between weekends. Am I right?!”
Here is a fact, at least in my world: You should love what you do for a living. You are going to spend at least half of your waking day working. Count in travel back and forth, prep time, and planning, and it adds up to most of our day working. Why would you accept doing what you do not love?
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not encouraging you to quit your job tomorrow if you decide that you don’t absolutely love it, but you should have a plan to create more fulfillment or a timeline for an exit strategy. You should be working on pursuing something you would love rather than settling for a lifetime of mediocrity.
When you look back on your life, it is really important to ask yourself a few questions.
#1 Will I be proud of what I accomplished in my life and the path I have chosen to live?
#2 If I could do it all over again, would I do something different?
#3 Will I regret any way that I have lived my life?
If you answered “no” to the first question or “yes” to the last two questions, it’s time to make a change. Don’t just sit back and wait for the life you would love to live. You have to make the tough decisions and get to work.
All the best,
Dr. Matt Westheimer