This is a question parents, grandparents, teachers and friends are eager to ask children starting at a young age. Oftentimes the child answers with what seems to be ‘far fetched.’ An astronaut. The president. A quarterback in the NFL. Their dreams are big and uninterrupted by the thought of how much money it will make them along the way. Money, at that time, is no object. Somewhere along the way, whether it is because of pressure by society or elsewhere, our dreams seem to get put to the side and money becomes the deciding factor in what we decide to do with our working lives… But what happens when dreams get pushed to the side? We lose PASSION! Being passionate is defined as having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling. I saw a video a few years ago that asked such a simple question but had me thinking for days on the subject. If money were no object, what would you do with your life? Wow! The possibilities could be endless, right? Sometimes asking that question can be a real gut check. Are we doing what we are passionate about, or are we going through the motions day to day for a paycheck?
Rewind a few years, I found myself in multiple colleges and changing majors like a woman changes her purse. What I was truly passionate about was not in Lawrence or across the country in California. It was in my hometown all along, and it happened to lie inside the doors of Hays Academy of Hair Design. Finally! I quickly learned that my passion was in hair, specifically Sassoon, and making people feel good; now I add our inspiring students to the list. And for once, I truly didn’t care how much money I made. What I quickly realized though is that when you truly are passionate about what you do, work doesn’t seem like work, and the paycheck isn’t a number one priority. Of course we all have bills to pay, but God truly does provide in all ways when we trust in Him!
I had an eye opening moment yesterday, as I often do, with our 5 year old daughter. She is such a free spirit, so unique and beats to her own drum. She doesn’t do things to please people and will outwardly tell you that she doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her besides Jesus. So, when she brought home an art project that was an illustration of that same question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I was somewhat surprised that her title was ‘hairdresser’ all dressed in black. Ha! Go figure. What I want her to know is as long as she is PASSIONATE about being in this industry or any other industry for that matter, she can and will make money, though people will try to persuade her that it can’t happen. Set your eyes on what makes YOU tick and don’t waste another moment doing what you don’t love!