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LIfe is not a rehearsal...
LIfe is not a rehearsal...

In a perfect world, each person would have a job that not only served the community in some significant way, but also served to fulfill a basic need within them; a job that provoked passion and drive and an eagerness to perform.

There are people that are employed in such a capacity who look forward to waking each day to their jobs. Whether by a careful thought-out strategy and plan or by sheer happenstance these individuals have landed upon what other's only dream of... A career that adds joy to their lives.

There is no denying that in today's economic climate we are very lucky to be employed in any capacity. It also goes without saying that the more money we are able to make, the more we are able to take care of our basic needs, comfort, and health... But, as we get older it becomes abundantly clear that money cannot buy happiness.

Over a walk and a long talk with a co-worker, who has also become a friend, the question was posed: "If it were a feasible choice, would you choose a job with very high pay doing something you did not enjoy, or a passion driven position with significantly less income but an inspiring atmosphere?"

Perhaps that's where a good portion of our generation went wrong, we made the incorrect choice from the beginning. We strived for dollar signs and material items and once we had them, there was no backtracking to a simpler life. For our future generation, why not teach our children to pursue their career based on the joy it will bring them, not the financial accolades? Teach them to live within the means of their passion so that they can greet everyday with a smile instead of wishing away weeks at a time in pursuit of a day off.

Life is not a rehearsal. Find your talent and your passion and have that catapult you to your success.

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary” - Steve Jobs

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