I spent several years in Investment Banking, the work was interesting, money was good but ultimately left after 8 years and never looked back. Why did I leave? I honestly did not like the person I was turning into.
I was raised to believe that anything is possible, the sky is the limit. My parents always believed that I could achieve whatever I wanted provided I set my mind to it.
This type of encouragement was great as a kid – parents having so much faith in their child. Although sometimes they could not understand why I did not get straight “As” in school (I was a late bloomer!). I found that with this upbringing I set the bar high as I believed it was achievable with hard work and a bit of luck.
For the lucky few, I think so. I know I came close.
If you turn your passion into your job it can go either way. A friend of mine quit her job at a bank to start a photography business as photography was her true passion. The business did well but after several years it killed her passion and now she is back at the bank choosing to do photography on the side.