Career Matter

10 Things That Matter In Your Career


Whether you’re just beginning your career or are in the middle of a career transition, taking the time to think about things that matter to you in life can save you years, even decades, of heartache. Here are some things to consider:

1. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

Family often encourages you to go for the career where you can make the highest income. Unless you have a passion for the job that makes the highest income, going there is going to be a source of incredible misery for you. While paying the bills is important, happiness and satisfaction are even more important.

2. Figure Out What You Really Need

Do you really need a McMansion and five cars for you and your spouse in the driveway? Madison Avenue and Wall Street want you to believe that your life is somehow worth less if you don’t live the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Not all of us gauge our success by how many toys and decorations we have. Do you really want to make that the benchmark of success for you?

3. Determine Where You Want To Make A Difference

Let’s be real. A Wall Street Banker doesn’t make a positive difference in the world and may, indeed, be doing great harm. If you want to make a positive difference for your community and the world, look at places you can do that, even if they don’t pay six (or seven) figure incomes.

4. Determine What You’re Passionate About

The secret to feeling at peace and successful in your life is to find a passion and do it for a living. While this is not always possible, I’ve helped dozens of clients leave the corporate jungle to do just that… with great results.

5. Let Go Of Your Limits

Many people don’t work their passion because they believe they can’t do it, need more education for it, or won’t make money at it. Hint: These are excuses for remaining in or getting into a boring, stultifying life. If you don’t want to wind up faceless, nameless and depressed, let go of these artificial limits and do your passion! Of course, if your dream is to be an NFL star and you’re 5’3” and can barely walk…

Well, maybe you should consider another dream. But few dreams have rigid requirements that you cannot overcome somehow.

6. Seek Spiritual Insight

Keep in mind that your spirit knows what is the best and highest for you. Seek inside your spirit for the answers. If you cannot find them through meditation and silence, seek out the help of a spiritual advisor who can help.

7. Know The Power Of Your Spirit

If you are walking your Path, your spirit will create money and opportunities for you. The key is to know you’re on the right Path and then to begin to walk it, regardless of appearances. As you walk forward, opportunities will open. There will be enough money. And you will meet friends along the road to assist you in many ways.

8. Don’t Seek Lots Of Opinions

Too many people get derailed by querying family, friends and neighbors about the Path they wish to set out on. They will get many conflicting opinions that can cause self-doubt and angst about where someone wants to go in life. Share your thoughts and dreams only with a very few friends who can be counted on to support you. Broom the nay-sayers at once.

9. Don’t Be Evil

I love the Google motto, though I wonder how much they follow it anymore. Your career can be a force for good or a force for evil in the world. It’s important you know which it is, and refrain from doing that which can tend toward evil or darkness.

10. Realize Work Isn’t Your Life

Anytime we don’t get our priorities straight, the Universe has a way of coming along and knocking sense into our heads. While some work serving humanity may, indeed, be a life, most work is work. Remember you still need to give something back to the community and have some down time for yourself and your family. Careful choosing of a career that brings you peace and joy will assure you can balance and live a full life.

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John Heckers

John Heckers is president of Heckers Development Group, LTD, a consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado, specializing in Strategic Executive Coaching.


  1. According to no. 4, the big question is how to have people follow their true passion from the getgo rather than spending years in a field of half-heartedness and then switching? Why set up harm like that?

  2. I like this article and totally agree that everyone must follow their passion. Unfortunately, people have to deal with unfair realities of not being able to financially support themselves with their passion and worst when there is no paying job in their area of passion. I wonder how this can be tackled and how anybody can get what they deserve in any field to help themselves financially with whatever their true passion w/ values and skills are?

  3. I agree the secret to feeling at peace is to do what you love! Money is the root of all evil. I just had a conversation with my brother yesterday regarding Money & Work. He fails to see why I do what I do. I love reaching out to others and at the end of each day, I kmow I have made a difference some where in this world. It lifts my spirits to know I am lifting the spirits of another. How cool is that?

  4. OK. It’s easier said then done.

    On no.4. for example I really love photography, I categorize myself as serious amateur with more then 7years experience specialised in sport photography (speedway, football, waterpolo). However doing it for living would not be so easy.

    First of all I have a good job with a pretty good salary. I’m pretty sure that I could not earn that much money not at the beginning but in the upcoming years as well.

    To do the photography business I should invest little bit more in the photogear. After that I need to start making some photos, probably for very cheap at the beginning…I need to go to places to take photography with my car buying gas etc. I have a family with two kids, they cost more and more as they grow up…

    And I did not even talk about the time I would spend with post processing, making a profile, building web galleries etc. Buying legal photo editing software, upgrading them to keep up with competition…buying more and more harddrives or even buy/rent a cloud based storage space to safely store my photos…If I want to do this as a professional I would have to pay TAX after all of my work….

    I know these all might sound excuses but at the moment I still do photography for passion and buy my gear from my good salary. Maybe if time permits I start my own company slowly as part time, but photography requires lot of time and separation from family…

  5. Nick @

    Number 10 in particular struck a chord with me. My career is just one piece of the puzzle that is my life, and it is one of the smaller pieces!

  6. This article made great points and I try to follow these 10 steps everyday.I also believe we must have a balance of work and home as well as having a career you are really passionate about instead of just a job to pay bills.

    • Most people aren’t passionate about what they do. I think a great disservice is being done by suggesting that we have to be passionate about what we are doing. It’s nice in theory, but it doesn’t work out like that. I would say that less than 20% of people are passionate about what they do. Saying we should be passionate causes a lot of angst. If you want to concentrate of getting people doing what they are passionate about, start in high school or sooner. Starting at 30,40 or 50 is not always practical.

  7. These comments are exactly what I needed to hear today! Thanks for publishing this list, and reminding me to hold out for a job that is right for me, by believing that it exists–despite the naysayers.

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