According to the latest Gallup poll 68% of Americans are unhappy with what they do for living. Okay so this is a statistic from the United States and not from Dubai, but Dubai may be somewhat perceived as slightly less entrepreneurial as an economy and more people are employed rather than self-employed, so I would estimate that that percentage would be either the same or higher in Dubai compared to the United States.
So do you really love what you do for a living or do you see your job as just a source of income?
There is nothing wrong with that, as long as this source of income is being utilized to sustain a healthy self-nourishing passion, such as travel, self-development, buying a home, a future entrepreneurial venture, etc. rather than brunches and booze-filled partying every weekend.
But what if you don't know how to combine what you love with what you do for a living? Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and wants to start a business, but that doesn't mean that everyone shouldn't get at least some satisfaction from whatever takes up most of their daylight hours right?
My advice to anyone struggling with this dilemma is this:
Are you passionate about starting your own business?
If so, are you willing to put the time and effort, resources and sacrifices needed to do so.
If so, find your GPS:
- G: something your are (or can get) GREAT at: you can’t build a business in something you’re not good at.
- P: something you are PASSIONATE about: it’s the energy / fuel to keep you pushing forward past obstacles and setbacks.
- S: something that offers a SERVICE: something people will pay good value to obtain; you can’t build a business in something people won’t buy.
If starting your own business is not something you feel particularly strongly about, you still owe it to yourself to pursue your GP, purely to give meaning & substance to your life.
Finally, you may (and most likely have to) change the lens through which you look at your current job:
- View your job as an “enabler”: it’s giving you the time and resources (money, relationships) to pursue your GPS or GP.
- Seek new employment if you feel that your current job is moving you away from your GPS/GP.