-- Truth Be Told Quotes
It’s great if you can find the perfect job that lights your interest and comes to you naturally. But realistically, few people have their dream job on day one.
Getting to do what you love in the future starts with finding a balance between your abilities, your interests, and your work ethic. Find something you have the ability to be good at, are interested in doing, and are willing to work for.
It’s like you have adjustment levels… if your ability is low, turn up the work ethic to get better at it. If the work isn’t interesting right now, know that slogging through the boring stuff is turning up your abilities. Eventually you’ll find the sweet spot where ability and interest make it easy to work hard.
Young people often hear quotes like, “If you love what you do you won’t work a day in your life” or “You can be anything you want to be.” These quotes are nice in concept, but in reality, there’s a lot of hard work that needs to happen before you get the job you love. This quote reminds teens to take into account that a job aligned with their interests is important, but so is a growth mindset and putting in the work that is needed to reach their goals.
The secret to choosing the right career is finding a sweet spot between three factors: interest + ability + willingness to work at it.
See the Career Planning Worksheet for more on finding the balance between interest, ability, and work ethic.
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