With all the finance books I’ve been reading lately, a common theme is starting to appear with some of the more “happy wealthy” people that are used as examples in these books – they have found a career that gives them satisfaction and when they work, it’s not really work, but more something they enjoy that they are getting paid for. Obviously there are aspects of every job that are not desirable but is it really possible to find that “dream job”?
Giving this some thought lately I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe it’s not always just “one” job. Maybe that excellent “middle ground” for where you feel you are meant to be comes about after moving from one position or career to the next. Or maybe it’s something you create for yourself? Maybe, it’s finding that after all these years, you are actually where you are meant to be?
Why is it, that when discussing the “dream job” it’s an all or nothing discussion? Why is it implied that either you have it or you don’t? Why are we lead to believe that if we don’t have this planned out since birth, it will always be outside our grasp?
I’ve come to believe that finding that “dream job” is not something that you are ever going to discover unless you know yourself; and I honestly had no idea about that until a little recently. Looking back over the years, I feel like I kind of drifted along the current of life and did what I needed to do; never thinking too deep about what I might want to do. I’ve collected an interesting bit of skills moving from place to place (working at a daycare, credit union, non profit, and an admin job – ALL after a few years in the military in a technical career); and I’ve begun to wonder if maybe gathering all of this experience hasn’t been some ultimate plan to help me get to the place I’m at now. To find that job (or in my case I feel maybe create that job) that I was meant to do. Something I needed to sharpen my skills for first. You know what I mean?
What do you think? Have you heard of someone that felt they had discovered their dream job? Are you working your dream job?