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I have seen a few different view points on the question of whether you should do what you love or choose a career that pays well, even if you hate your job.

I have also had many comments on some of my previous articles about the dangers of encouraging children to do what they love because they may be disappointed if they don’t make it. If you have read many of my articles, you should know I am a huge advocate of doing what you love when you work or at least choosing a job that you like and have fun doing.

If you like your job, you will be more motivated to succeed, more willing to go the extra mile, and you will have fun at work. Working at a job you hate just for a paycheck could drag down your entire life.

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Why Should We Encourage Our Kids to Do What They Love?

I have 3-year-old twins, and I encourage them as much as I possibly can.

I know they may not remember a lot of what I am telling them at this age, if anything. But I want to start the habit of letting them know they can do or be anything they want to be.

I have heard many people over the years warn about the danger of encouraging our children too much because they might be disappointed if they don’t become what they wanted to be. I can tell you from the experiences in my life that my biggest disappointments are not from trying my hardest to do something and not making it, but from not trying at all and wondering what would have happened had I tried.

When you give it your all and don’t quite make it, at least you know you tried, and you probably learned a lot about yourself and what you were trying to do in the process. Having never tried something, you never learn anything, and you never know if you could have made it. To me, it is much more regretful to have never tried than to have tried and not made it.

Why We Should Encourage Our Children in Sports

One of the comments most heard about telling your children what they can and can’t do is in regards to professional sports.

As a kid I wanted to be a professional baseball player, basketball player or even football player. My parents were great at encouraging me, but the world around me told me I could never be a professional athlete; there was too much competition. I wasn’t big enough, fast enough or strong enough. I never became a professional athlete, and I never really tried either.

If I had tried, I probably never would have made it, but is that so bad?

People argue that it is a waste of time to spend your life attempting to be a professional athlete when the chances are so slim of making it. Most athletes I see who gave it their all, but did not make it are not bad off — and they loved the experience. They also learned an amazing amount of things they can use in life, such as:

How to push themselves as hard as they can through conditioning
How to work on a team and trust other people
How to interact with other people
How to lead people and gain confidence
How to focus intently — all sports require incredible focus, and our society as a whole is extremely unfocused

Not only do athletes learn all of these traits and many more in sports, they also meet a lot of people.

In the business of real estate, networking is extremely important, as it is with most vocations. The more people you meet and the more people you become friends with, the better chance you have of succeeding.

Not to mention athletes also can get scholarships that will help pay for college. Don’t forget there are people who are professional athletes, and many of them are not the most talented people, but the hardest workers.

What Happens to Athletes When They Don’t Make it?

If you don’t make it as a professional, you still had to make it in school to be an athlete. You can’t play on the team in high school or college if you don’t pass your classes, so you at least get an education.

That education and the connections you make will help you succeed in life.

But the athlete still is not doing what they love, which is paying pro ball. Who says the athlete can’t get a job in the sports field and still do what they love? You can be a manager, a trainer, a sports psychologist, a coach, an equipment salesman, a front office worker, a reporter, a writer — and hundreds of other related jobs.

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By trying to make it, you have an advantage over other people because you have the experience and connections in the business. You can still do what you love — which is work in the sports field — without being a pro athlete.

How Can This Relate to Other Fields?

My example is about being a pro athlete, but this idea can be applied to any vocation.

Whatever you love to do (or at least like to do), you can make money with. You may not always do what you envisioned doing as a child or even as an adult, but if you keep your eyes open, there is opportunity in everything.

By trying your hardest and going for your dreams, you have the experience and credibility to work in that field. You also may see opportunities to start a business because you will see opportunities for improvements or products firsthand.

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