What is the last thing you think about before going to bed? And what is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
Are the two thoughts related? How do those thoughts fit into your daily schedule? Are they related to your job or career? If those thoughts/activities are not linked to your livelihood, then perhaps you need to pause and ask yourself, “why?”
What if the goal, dream, or passion you go to bed thinking about is the path or goal you should be pursuing on a full-time basis? Why else would you be thinking about mathematical modeling right before you go to bed and as soon as wake up? Could it be that you belong in a STEM field? Possibly.
Why can’t your job/career and dreams co-exist?
If the thought that is consuming your mind late at nights and early mornings is that important to you, then why not pursue it? Why can’t your job/career and dreams co-exist? Better yet, why can’t they be one and the same.
Think about the following for a moment. Are you motivated by your job/career? Do you brag about how great your company is and what a wonderful life your job allows you to have? —You know, the great salary, the stock options, the paid four-week vacation, the awesome health benefits, the quarterly bonuses, free membership to the company’s clubhouse. Or does the thought of your job give you near homicidal ideations?
Why spend the few years that you have been given engaging in activities that do not bring you happiness and complete satisfaction? Why live the rest of your life bending to the will of an employer—building their brand and growing their financial portfolio?
But does this mean abandoning your present realities of providing for your family and saving for your retirement to pursue an enchanted path of bliss? Absolutely not. What I’m saying is, why not build a career doing something you love. You’re already thinking about it. And you’re motivated by it because the universe chose you to live and experience it —whatever “it” is.