ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Choose a Career That Keeps You Happy With Your Life

Updated on May 6, 2020

What Do I Enjoy Doing in My Spare Time?

When faced with the question of choosing what you are going to be doing for the rest of your life, you can become quite confused with your choices. Trying to figure out if you have enough education to start your own business, or if you have the qualities it takes to be the boss not just of a work crew, but to be your own boss.

Then there is the decision of whether or not the business you have chosen is solid enough to hold your interest and keep your mind busy enough to keep you happy for the twenty or so years you must spend doing it until you retire. Then there is retirement, and whether you have done enough to keep you financially stable during your golden years. It can all be very overwhelming.

Some people know from the age of five what it is that they want to do. For me, it was a multiple choice. I loved to write, and I knew that I wanted to become an author, but in addition to that, I had an interest in teaching, and on top of that, I loved animals. For many years I truly believed I wanted to become a veterinarian. So how do you tip the scales, one way or the other? What is the right decision, for this isn't something you can just change midstream.

I asked my kids this, and then left them to make the right choice. "What is it, that you love to do, more than anything in the world. Now I am not talking about what you are going to learn, but now, right now, what is it? My middle boy knew immediately. His computer, he loved to play on his computer. The youngest, knew next. He loved to take pictures or videos, of is friends, his friends doing things he wanted to remember. Then, finally the oldest like to write, although he didn't know this right away.

Then I told them, whatever it is that you love to do, this is what you need to base your career around. It is the person who turns his interests into something he can make money doing, that becomes a success. . When you feel like going to work because it is enjoyable to you, you then are happy with your life. If you are unhappy getting up to go to work, it becomes drudgery, and you will be miserable.

It is your obligation to pass this on to your kids, or anyone else who come your way. People must be able to get up and go to work with a smile.

By the way, my middle boy who chose his computer, is now, five years later, in charge of his own department in a company, where he is tinkering with digital and wireless computers, and inventing other gadgets to work along with them. The youngest, who liked to take pictures of his friends, is now a sports photojournalist for a major newspaper, and the oldest, he is still trying to figure out how to maybe start his own newspaper, so I will give him time.

Give them ideas, give them the world, give them freedom, and you will be surprised at the effect you will have on your kids. Good luck.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)