What comes first happiness or chasing your dreams?
This is something I have been pondering a lot lately. After over twenty years in the accounting and finance industry, I have recently begun a new chapter in my career that includes writing, life and fitness coaching and teaching group fitness classes. These new skills didn’t come easy for me. I was resistant to these opportunities for so long. I have been asking myself why I waited until now to pursue them. I have come up with a couple of reasons. I want to share in the hope that it will benefit others in similar situations.
First off, I have a habit of changing jobs every three to four years. I was even conscious of this choice being directly related to the fact that I was bored of the routine of month end closes, year-end budgets and quarterly forecasts. In order to keep my job fresh and exciting, I would seek out new challenges where I could learn a new software package, business model or meet new people.
It worked well for a while, but in the end, I found that the daily grind left me feeling burned out and like a fish out of water. It wasn’t until I accepted what I look back on as my “job from hell” that things got really bad. This particular job turned out to be the job I stayed at the longest, and in the end it was hitting my rock bottom that got me really thinking about what my dreams were.