Many people believe they should work in a job that feeds their passion in order to be happy and satisfied at work.


With expectations like that aren’t you setting yourself up for a very unhappy and frustrating work life?

If we all worked in a profession we’re passionate about then who would pick-up your trash, deliver your packages, calculate your taxes …

And what if you have many passions .. do you pick just one?

And what if you have no passions … does that make you a “bad” person?

And what if you are working in a field you’re passionate about – let’s say healthcare – are you really always happy and satisfied — even when your hospital has a new leadership team?

Before letting others frame what your work should be, think about what YOU really want. Here’s a list of items to consider. Rank these 10 items based on YOUR priorities.

Control over my work

Flexibility with my hours

Sufficient pay

Co-workers who are tolerable

Manager who is tolerable

Treated fairly and without prejudice at work

Good benefits

Easy commute

Work that fulfills my passion

Job with potential growth


If your current job meets your top 3 priorities, then stop letting others define what you need in a job.

If you still have a burning desire to “do something you’re passionate about” then volunteer. During your non-work hours, find a nonprofit organization where you can fulfill that need (“to do something you’re passionate about”) while benefiting a good cause.

 For a truly happy and satisfying work experience, keep your job expectations realistic. Unfortunately, even an ideal job has its challenges.



Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Her firm bridges the gap between financial planning and coaching. As a Transition Consultant, she offers sage advice in all aspects of life – financial, personal and professional. Niv does not manage money and does not sell financial products. Her services include spending plan development, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”