It may come as no surprise that most people feel unhappy with their jobs and careers, and many of them have no idea what to do about it.

According to a report by the Conference Board, a whopping 52.3% of Americans feel dissatisfied with their jobs, and this percentage has only increased since 1987 when the Board began doing job satisfaction surveys. So, with over half of Americans feeling unhappy with their work, then what can we do about this growing epidemic of people who don’t feel fulfilled by their occupations?

Obviously, no one can decide for you what you should do in life, so the ultimate decision for how you should go about living lies in your hands. However, making such a huge decision doesn’t just happen overnight. It often takes a lot of soul searching and contemplation to come up with what you’d like to spend your life doing, and even then, you could change your mind the very next week, month, or year if your passions have changed.

Many factors come into play when discussing career choices, but we all deserve to feel happy in our life’s work, and not just waste away our time doing things we don’t enjoy just to pay the bills.

If you feel stuck in life and don’t even want to get up for work any longer, keep reading to find out one simple question you can ask yourself to make the decision a little less difficult.

This Is The Most Important Question You’ll Ever Ask Yourself

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In this world, we often feel as though we have been thrown into a system we can’t control, into a life we didn’t sign up for, into a complicated machine that we can’t quite figure out. No one said this life wouldn’t come with challenges, and no one said the system played fairly, but we don’t have to simply act as servants and slaves to corporations. We can follow our passions in life by going deep within to figure out our core passions, and not allowing ourselves to become swayed by the opinions of others.

Do you enjoy what you do each day for a living? Or would you rather be doing something else, anything else? If so, then you need to ask yourself the following question.

“What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”

Of course, we must use money in this current system, but think about things in a hypothetical manner for a second. Picture yourself living in a moneyless society; what would you spend the majority of your time doing?

In order to find your passion, you have to think about it this way in order to really hone in on your ultimate dream. If you thought of things in only a practical manner, you might end up staying in a job you really don’t like the rest of your life just because you didn’t think outside the box for a second.

The Inspiring Story of J.K. Rowling

If you need further inspiration, think of the author J.K. Rowling. She worked in a small cafe on her books after getting divorced, living on welfare, and reaching the end of her rope. She didn’t care about anything else but following her passion – life meant nothing if she couldn’t pursue her dreams. By listening to her inner voice and blocking out everything else that told her not to dive into her work headfirst, she might not have become as successful today.

You can read countless success stories like this, and most of them have a common theme. The person seemingly had no options left and had reached rock bottom. They were running on empty, yet somehow found the strength and willpower to follow their dreams relentlessly.

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So, once you find out what you’d like to do with your life, don’t let ANYONE tell you that you can’t pursue your passions. The only difference between those who follow their dreams and those who don’t is perseverance. You don’t have to possess any special talent or intellect or personality in order to make your dreams a reality – you just have to never give up on yourself. 

Back to the main point of the article, though – after finding out your passion, then you just need to make actionable steps in order to achieve it. Everyone must start somewhere with their goals, but you’ll certainly have more of a chance at succeeding by getting the ball rolling with your dreams than by never taking that first step.