Water Journal : Water Journal September 2013
water september 2013 28 Young water Professionals FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND LIVE YOUR DREAM Jo Greene – AWA YWP National Committee President • DIGITAL JOURNAL FP As engineers and water professionals, how many of us can say that we love what we do on a day-to- day basis? I am lucky enough to be able to say that this is true for me – although it wasn’t always the case. Of course, loving what we do doesn’t mean we have to love every single aspect of the job, or every single minute – but we need to ask ourselves, are we generally working in the area in which we are gifted and doing what we were created to do? DON’T ‘DO TIME’ IN A ROLE YOU DISLIKE Particularly as young water professionals, and those of you who are still graduates, people might tell you that you have to ‘do your time’, or ‘put in the miles’. While this may be true in terms of being in a role where you are gaining experience and learning, it doesn’t mean we should spend our days working in areas we really don’t like and have no passion for. What would you be doing workwise if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your working life? The water industry and the field of engineering is so vast and varied, it really doesn’t matter what you think of – it is out there, and if it isn’t maybe you are the one to make it happen! If you do something that you really like doing, eventually you will become a master of it. Once you are a master you will be able to make good money doing it. Work within your talents and with what drives you, and the rewards will come. This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVING WHAT YOU DO In Steve Siebold’s book, How Rich People Think, Oprah Winfrey is quoted as saying that you’ve got to follow your passion and do what you love. Of course, you need to find a way of getting paid for doing something you love – and it is possible. Richard Branson tells us to work to our strengths; Guy Laliberte (founder of Cirque du Soleil) says to do what you love and the money will follow. Some of the most successful and wealthy people work well into their later years. They don’t do it for the money. They do it because they have found what they love to do. Let’s face it, we shouldn’t be doing something we don’t like because we think this is the only way to make it in the water industry. Too many people spend their lives doing things they don’t like doing, to make enough money to go on spending more time doing what they don’t like doing! Australia has a dynamic water industry; we are lucky to have an enormous range of areas within which to find our enterprise. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and have the career in water you are worthy of. Be the change you want to see in this world.
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