How did you fall into your careers or how did those around you get to where they are? Was it through thoughtful planning and desire or was it based on being at the right place at the right time?

So many people are in careers today that have come out of circumstance rather than out of a true interest and passion. They find themselves in careers simply because it’s what they are supposed to do and it fits in with what they are told their life plan should look like. But does it offer the necessary fulfillment and meaning that drive success?

“I would argue that entrepreneurs are often the exception to the rule when it comes to falling into a career path,” says Roy Murad, Canadian Entrepreneur & Business Consultant. “Entrepreneurs have a special drive and passion that often lead them into careers that motivate and challenge them… regardless of timing or circumstance.”

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Think about these entrepreneurial icons who may not have found their true passion on everybody else’s accepted timeline:

  • Mark Cuban, successful Entrepreneur, was bartending in Dallas at the age of 25
  • J.K. Rowling, author of the wildly successful Harry Potter series, didn’t get published until she was 32
  • Donald Fisher co-founded The Gap at age 41
  • Julia Child, Chef published her first cookbook at age 50
  • While ideal career planning happens before your 20-year anniversary with Company “X,” it can happen, and should happen, at any time. Rather than being driven by circumstance, or by the lure of money, think about what it is that you truly love to do, what you’re good at and what would bring meaning to your days.

    Seek out real information about career opportunities and then begin to formulate an understanding of who you are and what you need to accomplish to go out and get your “dream career. Do it at your own rate and never give up on your dream, regardless of where you find yourself in life.

    About Roy Murad

    Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, advocate for new business ventures, and consummate entrepreneur. Over the course of 35 years building businesses, guiding companies and identifying strong investment opportunities, while nurturing a thriving family, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience; experience, that may be of value to others who are looking to shape a balanced and successful life experience. 

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