Art Fried of Brooklyn, New York, grew up in large Jewish family. As an adolescent, he was asked by family friends to create custom Ketubahs. Art enjoyed doing this, but at the time wanted a more practical career. After several years working in advertising and real estate, he returned to his roots and decided to pursue his interests, leading to the creation of Ketubahs by Art Fried.
For Art Fried, finding and following his passion was essential to achieve happiness and success in his personal and professional life. He outlines three reasons to follow your heart when it comes to your career.
There’s No Such Thing as Overtime
Many offices require employees to work a structured schedule of 9 to 5, which often leads to workers watching the clock, counting the hours down until they can call it a day. Does this sound familiar to you?
A well-known quote suggests that, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
It may not always be feasible at the beginning of our career, but letting your passions guide your professional path leads to long-term success. If you enjoy what you do, you’re more likely to develop your skills further. If you continuously seek opportunities to improve your existing strengths, it’s plausible that you will enhance your career, which may lead to raises and promotions in the future.
You Can Be Known for Your Passion
We all have things that we desire to be known and recognized for. When you follow your passion professionally, you have the opportunity to be a reference point for all other people who share your passions.
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Depending on your chosen career, you may add value to the lives of others. For example, Ketubahs by Art Fried creates custom artwork that his customers can appreciate for years and always remember their wedding day.
Happiness Is Priceless
Money drives so many of our professional decisions, but perhaps the only thing more elusive than money is true happiness and contentment. Waking up on a daily basis to a career you love and that you are truly passionate about, is not only extremely rewarding but also self-motivating.
Life is too short to spend years working at a job that makes you unhappy. It’s estimated that on average, a person will spend 90,000 hours at work, which is equal to one-third of their life.