My work gives me the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life—from high-powered executives to work-at-home professionals. One thing I found in common among these people is the desire to land a “dream job.”
But what is a “dream job?” Is this being promoted to manager, wearing a nice suit? Is this managing your own business? Or earning so much money you can retire and not do anything?
We all have ideas of what a dream job is but I believe that there are two important values a person must possess to make sure that he finds his dream job.
Where’s the passion?
Passion is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a strong liking or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.” Passion is what fueled artists to create masterpieces, directors to make movies, engineers and scientists to invent.
Therapists, psychologists and career counselors often say that you must have passion in what you do. Whether you’re a hotel staff in charge of housekeeping, a writer for a magazine, or an admin assistant, you must have a strong liking to what you do.
Are you committed?
Passion, however, is nothing if you are not committed. Commitment is the art of following through and finishing what you must do.
Whatever your job is, you will sometimes face challenges that will make you feel like giving up. People will try to put you down, spread lies about you, or just plain discourage you. On some days, projects won’t go well and it would feel as if the universe is conspiring against you.
It is during these hard times when you must not lose sight of what you are doing. Commitment is understanding that these challenges will pass and that you must stay focused.
But I have bills to pay and mouths to feed!
Yes, the reality is that we have families to feed and bills to pay. While it may be easy for some to pursue a career that they are passionate about, many people don’t have the time and luxury for it. A person may have a very strong interest in writing but never finished Journalism in college. Or a taxi driver may have a talent for singing but can’t pursue it because he has limited options.
For practical reasons, people get jobs that allow them to pay the bills. I will not argue with the wisdom behind that decision. What I can give is advice to love (or, at the very least, like) what you do, regardless of what kind of job you have.
Loving or liking what you do allows you to have a reason to stay with your job and not feel bored. It gives you the strength to wake everyday to do the same thing over and over again.
And if you have some free time at the end of the day, you can pursue what you really love as a hobby—painting, blogging, or singing. And who knows your hobbies might just give you the opportunity to pursue what you are really passionate about.
How about you? Are you doing what you love to do?