Why do you work? To make money? Or because you’re doing something that you love?
Not all of us get to do work that we love. If we’re lucky, we don’t do work that we hate.
Here’s my idea of what you should do to move your career forward.
Take a job that pays enough and stimulates you.
Do everything you can to succeed in that job.
As you work, monitor yourself closely. Which parts of the job excite you? Which are you good at?
Learn more about those parts of the job. If necessary, change positions or change jobs to do more of those things.
Repeat until you are closer and closer to doing what you love.
Because if you are doing what you love, you will do it well, it will take less energy, and make you feel more fulfilled.
No matter what you are doing, there is an option to take these steps. You can always make it better.
Where does duty come in? It is your duty to do the best you can in the job you have. But unless you are aware of the parts of the job that stimulate you, it won’t get any better. Company loyalty only goes so far. Companies won’t take care of you, you must take care of yourself.
Here’s a video that explains that better than I ever could.