By: Kelly Long | September 15, 2014

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life

It’s true! And it doesn't matter what job you do, if you love what you’re doing it’s not work. I see what I do as part of me, the only thing I regret is that I didn't figure it out earlier. I wanted to be a Graphic Designer and studied very hard to become one, I bounced out of KIAD Rochester, Kent (now known as The University of Creative Arts) portfolio in hand and fully armed with all the qualifications and the hunger to succeed. But along the way I got lost, I got confused and started questioning ‘is this really what I want to do?’

So I took a job in retail to give myself a chance to figure this career stuff out. And after several different jobs in retail I knew that was not for me. During my school years my Dad used to tell me to make sure I paid attention and to study hard because ‘You will spend the vast majority of your life working, and if you don’t like what you do, it’s going be a tough ride’. He told me he didn't care what job I did as long as whatever it was I was happy. And through gritted teeth I have to admit, he was right.

Over ten years ago I saw a job advertised for a Marketing Assistant within a company I was working for and decided I would apply. I got the job! Within 6 months I was enrolled on the IDM Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing. I loved every part of studying and learning the art of marketing. And in fact I even missed it when the studying was over.

I can’t help but respond to clever marketing campaigns, and I am obsessed with beautiful packaging and tempting promotional offers. I love a good advert and am over the moon when the advert has been tailored just for me.

I love making things happen. I love organizing events, I love developing strategies and coming up with new ideas. And I love using my creative flair (my Graphic Design days were not a complete waste) to bring ideas and plans to life with words and images. Achieving the end result is also hugely satisfying.

As the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” 

According to Forbes Magazine unhappy employees outnumber happy ones by two to one worldwide. I am one of the lucky ones…I adore what I do. It’s so much more than a job its part of who I am. I’m learning new techniques and exploring new ideas all the time and I love sharing and helping others.

Which one are you?


Category: Small Business