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‘You should do what you are passionate about or something you can do for a very long time even if you don’t get paid for doing it.’ Basically, this means that I should make my daily job stem from an activity that I enjoy doing and don’t mind doing even for the next thirty (30) years. But truthfully speaking, I used to think that that saying was becoming too much of a cliché until I became old enough and thrust into the world of working at a job and fending for yourself.

I’m sure you might be wondering if you are at the right place. Yes, worry not because you’re right where you should be. I just decided to tweak my style a little and change my style and angle of writing especially considering the fact that in this article, I intend discussing an issue that is a little not focused on deejaying, but concerns every other career choice and how success is achieved in these career choices, disc jockeying inclusive. Yes, I know that in my last two (2) articles, I left off discussing a topic. However, don’t be perturbed, I will finish off that topic in due time when ‘the spirits’ bestow me with inspiration. But right now, this topic is the inspiration that they have given me for this article.

So, it happens that for every career or job that one chooses to do, you will have to do that job for the rest of your life, except of course you want to hop from one career choice to another, which will inadvertently lead to you losing credibility and not being a master at any. On the order hand however, if you want to become a force to be reckoned with at a particular endeavour, then you’ll have to keep at it for a considerable duration of time.

Now, have you ever taken time to imagine how long ‘forever’can be? For some folks, it could be ten (10) years, for others, it could be twenty-five (25), thirty (30) years, or could be more or less. The point is that it’s usually for a very long time.

Therefore, considering the duration one has to keep at a profession or job, here are some of the questions that have popped up in my mind and in my opinion, I believe only one word is capable of answering all of these questions. So, in the following order;

  • What is that driving force that keeps one at it?
  • What is that feeling that makes you want to wake up the following day to repeat that daily task?
  • What is that distinct quality that drives you and makes you go the extra mile and go the extra distance than ever other person that does the same job as you do?
  • What is that thing that disallows you from feeling the monotony that comes from repeating the same activity over and over again?

Here is where the word that has almost become a cliché comes in. The answer is ‘PASSION’. This single word is what separates the good from the best. This is the word that determines the efforts you put at any endeavor and the subsequent success that comes from it. Hence, I have discovered that people perform better and give their best to activities and endeavours that they are passionate about irrespective of whether there are pecuniary benefits for them or not. They even perform better when there are incentives for efforts put in.

In my experience, despite the fact that a lot of people consider me a person that will do well in the corporate and formal establishments, I have in-depth passion for very different and informal things part of which explains the joy I derive from disc jockeying and to a large extent writing and editing. I can do these things for hours even without getting paid to do them, but fortunately for me, I get paid to do these things now.

So in essence, I get paid to do things that I enjoy doing: activities that I do normally even in the recess of my room, but other parties pay me to do it for them. What else can be better than this???

Won’t you rather choose a career in the activities that you love to do and make money while you’re enjoying yourself as well? In my case, It’s disc-jockeying and writing and I am so proud doing these.

Innocent Odikpo
Innocent Odikpo
DJ XL whose real name is Ebuka Innocent Odikpo is a young chap with different sides to his personality. Switching from deejaying to writing, which are his undying passions. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan and currently a practising deejay and writer.

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