Is your job a stepping stone or a dead end?

Is your job a stepping stone or a dead end?

I read a quote by Oprah Winfrey recently that got me thinking about a couple of things, and thought that it would be a great discussion point that can stimulate all of our thinking. The quote says: “Your job is not always going to fulfill you. Some days, you might not feel like going to work at all. Go anyway. Remember, your job is not who you are, it’s just what you’re doing on the way to who you will become.”

This quote got me thinking — is it true that my current job is just a stepping stone to who I will become? If so, then shouldn’t I be currently doing something I really love and am passionate about? I say this because passion drives
us to excel in anything we do and is basically our fuel and motivation to do what we do either in our jobs or in our daily life. 

I strongly believe that, if you don’t love what you do, then take steps to change it. Either move into another position that allows you to do what you love or go and find another job that interests you and gives you the fuel to give 110 percent in your work. So you can see the dilemma here: Using the excuse of having
your current job as a stepping stone to get to your dream job might not be
valid. Actually, if you think deeper about it, if you stay in a job that barely
interests you, it might harm you rather than be your stepping stone to your dream job. 

If you become demotivated to go to work, you may not be a productive member of staff in your workplace. You can even slack off and delay your colleagues, whose work depends on your outcome. Moreover, isn’t life too short to waste time on doing things that we don’t love? If that is the case, then we have to answer another equally important question, which is: What are we passionate about? Then we can look for a job that we love doing. 

I think this question requires us to list the things we are passionate about doing in life and see what jobs can be created from that passion. I think it is safe to
say that, in some instances, this is
where entrepreneurship comes into
play. The most excited and passionate people I have come across are entrepreneurs who sleep and breathe their work. They are self-motivated
simply because they are passionate about their mission and, therefore, it’s not considered work for them — it’s following their dream. What a beautiful feeling to wake up in the morning and get excited (not forced) to go and pursue your passion

Having said all of that, we must acknowledge that not everything about our jobs will be a pleasure to do. As you all know, any job has some good and some bad aspects associated with it. The real issue here is do the good aspects outweigh the bad ones? If so, then is it worth staying in your current role or position? As working adults, these are just some of the tough issues we have to deal with.


• Dr. Taghreed Al-Saraj is a best-selling Saudi author, international public speaker and entrepreneurship mentor. 

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