It's True If You Love What You Do You'll Never Work A Day

It's True That If You Do What You Love, You'll Never Work a Day In Your Life

What I'll lose in money, I'll make up so much more in my happiness.

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You often hear it time and time again, that when you love what you do you never work a day in your life. Well, I've got to admit, it's true. It's true that when you genuinely like what you do for a living it never actually feels like work. It's fun and exciting. It makes you want to get up in the morning and stay late at night. It makes you feel alive.

As a college student in my last semester of school, I am constantly thinking about my future, wondering where my path will take me. And the truth is I don't know exactly where I'll end up. But I will tell you what I do know. I know without a shadow of a doubt the career I've chosen will fulfill me in ways I didn't even think were possible.

When I graduate in May I will be getting my degree in advertising and public relations. Over the past few years at college, I've been lucky enough to have four internships. I've tried corporate. I've tried an agency. I've done PR and I've done advertising. Regardless of the specifics of what I did and where it was, one thing was always consistent, that I loved what I was doing.
And sure some days I woke up and just wanted to go back to sleep. That's going to happen. But I was excited to go to work, to learn, to do what I've always wanted and then some.

Growing up, and even now, I always have people who question my decision of what I want to do with my life. They tell me I'm "too smart" or that I should be a doctor or lawyer. And yes, I could probably do either of those if I set my mind to it. But I don't want to do those things. I'm not passionate about those things.

But most importantly, it's not their life. It's mine. And I want to do what makes me happy, especially since I'm the one who will be going to work day in and day out. Not them.

From as long as I can remember I've always been creative. It's always been in me, been something that gets me excited. And I've chosen a career that embodies that, that plays to my strengths. When I go to my internship and get to explore creative ideas, or sit in on a brainstorming meeting, or examine different strategies behind a campaign, I love it in more ways than I can even explain.

And yes, I may not make as much money doing this as I would if I were a doctor or a lawyer. But what I'll lose in money, I'll make up so much more in my happiness.

I've done the jobs that aren't fun, that aren't what I want to do. And let me tell you, waking up and going to those in the morning is much harder than getting up and doing what I love.

I encourage anyone reading this, regardless of how old you are or how much time you've spent studying something, do what you enjoy. Play to your strengths. Pursue a path that will make you excited to wake up, go to work and not dread it. Happiness is so important and a big part of that as you get older is what path you chose to follow.

They say if you do what you love it makes all the difference in the world. And it does. It really does.

So follow your heart. Follow your passions. Do what makes you happy and you'll never work a day in your life.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Is Here, Don’t Forget To Thank Your 9-1-1 Dispatcher

They are the Thin Gold Line

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In the month of April, time is taken out to recognize and appreciate the 9-1-1 Dispatchers that tirelessly work behind the scenes. The dispatchers who are never seen but always heard, the voice behind the blue and red, the thin gold line.

The NPSTW rolls around only once a year. For a dispatcher that one week can make a difference in their career. Day in and day out, they receive calls from people who are facing their worst day. There are not many happy callers who want to talk to someone, it is someone facing a crisis.

It's not an easy job to hear that every day. It's not easy to talk to so many suicidal callers you lose track. It's not easy to talk to multiple domestic violence victims and tell them they are doing the right thing. It's not easy to talk to kids who are hearing arguing and fighting in their home. It's not easy hearing the screams of an injured person who has called for help.

Dispatching requires not only being able to take those calls but in some agencies to be able to manage a radio channel at the same time. In some cases multiple radio channels. There are times when it is non-stop and getting a break for food, water or basic life needs is near impossible. They keep on doing the job, no matter what.

The job isn't easy. Those going into the job may or may not know this. They may have an idea of what awaits on the other side of the headset. My first day in dispatch was a rude awakening. I came from a life of no law enforcement or emergency dispatch at all. It was a shock to me but in a good way.

Life in dispatch is one that is not suited to every person. Those who take on the headset are a special breed all their own. They do what no one else would dare to do. They do the job that gets little respect. It is not full of the glitz and glamour that people associate with law enforcement officers and firefighters, who are seen by all and when they do amazing things and save lives they are hailed as heroes.

Dispatchers sit in the dark with their multiple screens, talking to the woman who has lost her child. Walking a person through CPR on a family member. Sending help to those who are contemplating suicide or have already tried. Their voice the one of calm and reason. A light in a very dark world for some. The first point of contact when they reach out to help, maybe for the very first time.

The Public Safety Telecommunicator is a hero. They back the blue and the red. They serve their communities with everything from a simple phone transfer or instructions that will save their lives. Don't forget to thank the invisible heroes. The voice of the thin gold line. They hold fast when the world is falling down.

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Leadership: What I've Learned From My Bosses

My first jobs shaped me into the person I am.

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I was 14 when I applied for my first job at the local Culver's. For those of you not fortunate enough to have one near you, it's a fast food chain with amazing burgers and custard.

I walked up into my interview incredibly nervous, but so excited to be taking such a big step in growing up. After learning that I got hired, I was ecstatic. When I turned 16, I had the opportunity to become a manager in training and it was something I took with pride. Today, I love seeing it on my resume and telling people about my wonderful years at Culvers.

Now I'm in college, a full-time student and a part-time barista/server on the side. As a "real adult" now, I've had time to reflect on what or who exactly has influenced me and helped me grow into the woman I am today.

Needless to say, it's definitely been through the two fabulous leaders I've had the chance to work for.

At Culver's, my boss Joy, led with an incredibly big heart. She was always concerned about my well-being and was the first to offer encouragement when I needed it. She pushed me to not only work harder but to work better. From her, I learned to go the extra mile for others even if it wasn't necessarily convenient. I learned to never judge a book by its cover and to always give people a chance.

Now, I'm working under another fabulous boss, Megan. I wouldn't even actually call her my "boss" because she's more of a friend. I've learned so much about running a business from her. I've learned to have a better eye, pay attention to detail, and how to connect with people. I learned that the best leaders don't necessarily work above their employees but alongside them. Her ability to be such an influential leader so effortlessly is something I admire to have. I love the way she looks to the future, sets goals and works hard to achieve them. Most importantly, she has taught me to be unapologetically passionate about life and all the amazing parts of it.

From both of these extraordinary women, I have gained endless knowledge and truly built my character. They've given me a better work ethic, understanding the importance of believing in myself, and an amazing work foundation. I couldn't ask for better people to help shape my future.

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