As we explore the career paths we see ourselves embarking on in the future, it can be difficult to reconcile the things we love with the things we feel obligated to do--especially if what we love doesn't seem fiscally feasible. Often, people will choose the profession that appears to be more responsible, the one that pays better, allows for more financial security, and ensures an easier monetary future.

The problem with deciding on something that our minds approve of, but not necessarily our hearts, is that we almost always end up regretting it in the long run. While it may not feel like we are doing something incorrectly right away--we may even be able to convince ourselves that we enjoy the job we've chosen at the onset--the problem with doing so is that we always think back to the dreams we gave up along the way.

When taking work into account, people usually forget just how many different facets make up one job. We should consider the work we actually do, of course, but we should also take into account our work environments, the type of people we want to work with, and the ultimate impact of our everyday tasks.

Analyzing the bigger picture allows us to take a step back and actually ask the pertinent questions in our lives.

Do we place more value on the type of people we surround ourselves with? Or do we care more about the kind of assignments we'll work on every day?

What are the things that we value the most? And how do we hope to accomplish them in our brief but thrilling time that we possess?

The next time you're offered a job, or feel pressured to take on something that you think will be beneficial as a name--and nothing else--take a second to reflect before jumping right in. Sometimes, we don't know what will matter to us until we actually sit down, ask our hearts, and truly listen.