Make Your Passion Your Profession

sign-love-your-work1“In 3rd century Rome, there was an emperor named Claudius who no one liked. He expected all men to volunteer to join his army, however; they did not want to leave their wives and families. Claudius came up with the idea that if men were not married they would not mind joining his army. Therefore Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages.

Young people hated this and disliked Claudius even more. Valentine, who was a priest at the time loved marrying young couples, it was his favorite thing to do. Even after Claudius passed his law, Valentine still married anyone who came to him. One night, in the secret of one of his marriages they were caught. The young couple escaped but Valentine did not. He was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.

Many people came to visit Valentine in jail. They wanted him to know that they too believed in love. One of the young ladies who came was the daughter of a prison guard. She would visit often and they talked for long periods of time and became very close. On the day of Valentine’s death, February 14, 269 A.D.; he left a little note for the prison guard’s daughter and he signed it, “with love, from your Valentine.”

While the story of St. Valentine is not quite the typical blog for a career center’s posting, there is a brilliant lesson to be learned from this story: Find your passion and make it a profession!

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do!” – Steve Jobs

You want to get up in the morning and feel fired up about what you do, but how do you know exactly what that is? Finding your passion isn’t always easy but as countless professionals will tell you, it’s worth it. We are constantly operating at a frenetic pace and it’s easy to get caught up in all the noise and distractions. Here are a few tips to help you collect your thoughts and find what you desire:

  1. Slow down – the moments of silence and reflection will help you realize what really inspires you
  2. Be your own detective – take the time to investigate the things in life that you enjoy the most
  3. Explore – take the things you enjoy doing and see where they could lead as professions
  4. Reach out – be sure to connect and surround yourself with people who are doing what you’re interested in
  5. Stay open-minded – everything can lead to a different path than you expected

On this Valentine’s Day, think about your passions and how you can turn them into a potential career! Happy St. Valentine’s Day ❤

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