You Don’t Need To Become CEO To Be Valuable

For the nine-to-fivers, stay-at-home parents, and more.

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“Why don’t you get a job?” my aunt asked my mom.

“I don’t want one,” my mom replied.

“But staying home all day is boring. It’s nice having something more to do with you life.”

“I like my life as it is. I don’t need a job to have purpose.”

“You really just want to be a stay-at-home mom?”

At this point, I’m angry. I can see in my mom’s face, and hear in the tone of her words that she’s offended. My aunt has a job and suddenly her life has more purpose my mom’s?

I don’t think so.

As far as I knew, my mom was doing what she loved. She’s successful, even if she doesn’t have a million dollars, a big home, and fancy clothes to show for it.

Knowing that sparked this idea.

Do what you love.

We’ve seen that phrase countless times now — on Instagram posts, tweets, mugs, t-shirts, and even neon signs.

There’s no hidden meaning behind it, nothing deeper to it, no need to read in-between the lines. It means you do what bring you joy for the sole reason of you living your best life.

You can do whatever the hell you want just because you love it.

Do what you love can mean quit your job and follow your dreams or take the night off to read a book.

It can convince you to do something a big as starting your own company or going bowling with your family every Friday.

When someone tells you to do what you love, it gives you permission to do something that you enjoy without feeling guilty about it.

If you like to paint, you can paint for hours just to paint. If you like to paint, and you want to become a famous artist, you can do that, too.

You can become a photographer or graphic designer, start your own business or stay in a nine-to-five job, become a stay-at-home dad or a mompreneur.

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You can do whatever the hell you want just because you love it.

From then, you can decide if you want to sell what you’re creating or offer your services, and make a living out of what you love.

You can do what you do as a hobby. If you have more than one deep passion, then you can make a profit off of one, and then leave the other one as a hobby.

Those choices are for you to make, and for you only.

If you love to dance, you don’t have to start your own dance studio. You can work under someone, and just teach it.

If you love to write, you don’t need to run your own blog. You can write for a big magazine. If you love to build businesses, then you can build business and become a multi-millionaire CEO.

That is what it means to do what you love.

You are valuable by default

It’s not everyone’s purpose in life to become CEO or to start their own company. People assume that if someone tells you to do what you love, it means to do your own thing.

Quit your job and start an Etsy shop, your own YouTube channel, your own business. Don’t work under anyone else when you have your own dreams to achieve!

I have an aunt. She’s an accountant. She works nine-to-five hours, gets stuck in rush hour, and lives life under someone else’s terms. But guess what?

She likes her job and loves what she does. Someone might call her unsuccessful, but if she’s geniunley happy, hasn’t she already won?

Not everyone is meant to be their own boss. It doesn’t interest everyone.

And just because that’s so, doesn’t mean you’re not valuable.

If your purpose is to be a stay-at-home mom until your five kids have moved out, then that’s okay.

You’re just as valuable and important, and you matter just as much a billionaire who runs a company.

You don’t need to become CEO unless you want to.

Your life is not worth less than mine. Less than your friend’s. Less than an entreuprenuers.

We are all equal. You matter because you exist.

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