“The Secret on How to Find Your Dream Career” written by Bren Koger.
I think we’ve all heard of the idea “Do what you love and the money will come.”
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” ―Steve Jobs
This phrase can be especially appealing if you’re in a job that you absolutely hate or goes against your values.
Or maybe you feel that there is something inside you that is your calling. Something that you feel you were put on earth to do. Something that will contribute to the world and bring value to many people, but you feel stuck in your job because of the money.
How to Find Your Dream Career
Making a career change can be scary sometimes. You feel it’s easier to stay where you are until the pain of staying is worse than the pain of change.
I’ve had quite a few job titles over the years. I worked as a nurse for many years and during that time I had a vision for what my dream job would look like. It involved freedom with my schedule (no more night shifts and working holidays) It involved talking or writing about what I love. I wanted to monetize my passions… health, motivation and law of attraction. I tried going back to school to become a massage therapist but found this physically demanding and worked in the spa industry and was under the demands of a boss and a schedule again.
Write it Down
At one point, I even wrote down what my typical day would look like and attached it to my vision board
- Wake up and go to the gym.
- Come home and have lunch
- Work for a few hours doing something I love and am passionate about
- Take a nap
- Work a few hours
- Dinner and relax and maybe work a bit more in the evening.
This was what I wrote down for my dream day 5 years ago and is pretty much how I’m living today.
Does It Work?
Is my job perfect now? No. There are days when I just don’t feel like reading a motivational book or writing a blog. It can be daunting to have so much freedom and at times I feel isolated because I work from home, but guess what? you’re not going to ALWAYS love what you do. And if you’re relying on your job or anything else in the external world to make you happy, it’s not ever going to be enough. Even actors/celebrities who sacrifice for years to get a certain amount of success still spend long hours between jobs and between takes and auditions doing the mundane parts of their jobs.
Tips on How to Find Your Dream Career
Even though it’s not perfect, I wouldn’t trade my lifestyle by design for anything.
So if you’re like me and find yourself yearning for a certain way of life, here are a few tips to help get you there.
Get comfortable with making mistakes There are no perfect situations and it will take time to build your dream career. There will be bumps and setbacks along the way. Get comfortable with making mistakes and don’t worry about the naysayers.
Get beyond the fear. Your greatest fears are the passageway to your deepest desires.
- Fear of failure
- Fear of success
- Fear of what others will think
- Fear of change
Try giving value now, right where you are… as much as you possibly can in your current job and you will be surprised how happy and successful you will feel and that will lead to more and more good things coming your way until you will find yourself right in the middle of your dream job.
Try to find meaning and success in your current job by focusing on all of the people that benefit from what you do. If you want to Love your job and be able to make money then start where you are now. Things won’t change on the outside until you change inside. If you dream of becoming a famous author then thousands of people will be entertained or informed by your writing. If you dream of having your own business then, again thousands will benefit so ultimately your dream job is about bringing value to people. Start with the people right in front of you and provide as much value as you can to them in whatever capacity you can. Then and only then will you move to the level of helping thousands.
Live in the Present Moment
Keep yourself in present time. Don’t let your thoughts and emotions dwell in the future or the past. Being in the present means not thinking about what has gone wrong in the past and what could go wrong in the future.
One of the top five regrets of the dying according the Huffington Post
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
Don’t let this be you.
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