“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
Yesterday and today, I had the privilege of attending the Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling state conference. I got the opportunity to learn from some experienced admissions workers about what things they do to better assist prospective college students in finding the best fit for them. I was also fortunate to listen to our Thomas More College President, David Armstrong, present the keynote address at the awards’ luncheon.
During his speech, President Armstrong talked about his dog, Duke. He said that every time Duke senses he is going on a walk, he goes out of his mind with excitement. He begins running around the house, jumping to the ceiling, and spinning in circles. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Then, President Armstrong posed the question: “Isn’t that how we should be living our lives?”
As I reflected on this part of his speech throughout the rest of the day and conference, I looked around and realized how absolutely fortunate I am. I looked around and realized how fortunate students going through the admissions process are. I looked around and thought how incredible of an opportunity we all have.
Three months ago, I made a career change. I began working as an Enrollment Counselor at my alma mater, Thomas More College. I shifted away from the law to pursue a career in higher education with the hopes of making an impact on the lives of young men and women who wish to make themselves better. I enjoyed the law and am grateful for the opportunities with which it has and will continue to bless my life. But, I unequivocally love Thomas More College, and I love helping students explore whether it is the right fit for their college experience. I have a job that I am passionate about and co-workers who are equally passionate about the work they do.
These past few days have illustrated to me how fortunate you should feel as potential future college students or parents of future college students about the people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky who are assisting you with process. These people care about you. These people want you of your children to go to college. These people want to educate you and be truthful with you about the college process. These people, more than anything, are passionate about the work they do for you.
I am fairly confident that most people have heard the Confucius quote: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” We all have things we are passionate about.
Some are passionate about the law. Some are passionate about the arts. Some are passionate about science. Some are passionate about finance. Some are passionate about teaching. Some are passionate about sports. Duke is passionate about taking walks.
As we go through the day to day, those things we love start to get taken for granted. We get caught up in the monotony of our days. We get caught up in the little things of our job that may be boring. We get caught up in complaining about the way things work. Soon, we start to forget about all of the reasons we loved those things to begin with.
We should be living our lives with passion. We should be out of our mind to wake up and go live our day. We should be ready to take on the world and leave our positive mark on it. EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Bring your best today!