Hi all! 😊
It's Monday morning, we all could use some motivation! Agree?
I have just found this quote from Steve Jobs, and I thought I'd share it with you, because I know how it feels to settle for a job you don't like: you wake up every morning and you feel like you're wasting your life. You try your best to love what you are going to do for the rest of the day, because you really want to do a good job, and give meaning to what you are doing.
I think we all have been there. I graduated from high school in 2009, the economic crisis had just hit, and it had hit very bad. Many people had lost their job, so we young were thought not to be “choosy” when it came to job searching. When - 4 years later (yes, 4 years of job search with little to no results. I’ll spare you the account of how miserable I felt) - I was hired to be a salesperson, I finally felt that I was worth something.
But deep inside I knew that wasn’t who I was. And soon I started feeling miserable again. Luckily, I became friends with a colleague of mine, who has been truly inspiring for me (THANK YOU - you know who you are ) ever since. Hearing him speak a perfect Russian to our customers (we worked in the tourism field) inspired me to learn it myself, because I wanted to be able to help Russian customers too, to give them directions and suggestions, and to make them feel welcome. So, after a few months, at the age of 24, I finally realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – who I was.
I realized I wanted to help people understand each other, and I had always been passionate about foreign languages and cultures. With this new understanding - after 5 months into that job I had started to hate (sales is not really my field) -, I applied to take the test to be admitted to the university course TTMI (theories and techniques of intercultural mediation = translation and interpretation). It was just perfect: in 3 years of training and studying, I would have had (almost xD) all the knowledge required to be a good translator and interpreter, and to help people – nations – understand each other.
During these 3 years I had to keep on working to pay for my university fees, but I managed to leave the sales job to be a waitress at a hotel, and even though it’s been really hard at times, I knew I was doing it to reach my main goal: become a good translator. That gave me the strength to try and put some love in what I was doing. And it paid off: my managers were really happy with my work, and very supportive as well. They even let me go to Russia for 3 months (compulsory period abroad required by my university course)! A huge THANK YOU to them as well!!
For 6 months after graduation, I continued to be in that “don’t be choosy” state of mind, and I ended up having 3 jobs (O.O!), because I didn’t want to leave any of them: I was a freelance travel coordinator, a waitress, and an in-house reviewer at a translation agency (THANK YOU to them as well! They thought me a lot).
At the time, I worked 7 days a week, and I reached a point where I thought I was going to go insane xD That was when I realize that there is a point when you can – you have to - choose to be choosy. I resigned from the 3 jobs, and I focused on what I wanted – be a freelance translator; be able to work to my standards, have my own schedule, be in charge of myself, for a change. My family didn’t quite understand my choice… but I think they are starting to 😊, seen my recent accomplishments.
So, what’s the point in this story? You might not have realized who you are yet, but as soon as you do – and you will –, STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF! Because when you love what you do, you do great things.
If you’re struggling to find a job or you feel like it’s time to change yours, don’t despair and don’t hold back: focus on your strengths. What makes you happy? When you find the answer to this question, you’ll know why all the doors were closed… to lead you to the perfect road 😊 (as Katy Perry says XD).
If you agree with me (or you don't xD), please let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!
I have to leave you now: a French to Italian certified translation awaits me! ♥️
Hope you'll have a great day, and that you will be doing what you love!