Find Your Perfect Career: A Guide
So often we find ourselves in a job we hate and we feel like our life is dwindling away without purpose. There are so many dreams we had when we were little, but we don't feel like they are possibilities any longer. The truth is, our dreams are possible.
We often are afraid to pick them up, because of the economy, our responsibilities, our fears. These seem like valid reasons, but the truth is, no matter how old we are, we can fulfill our dreams.
Dreaming of Being a Firefighter
48 Ways to the Work You Love by Dan Miller
A Must Read
For anyone who is unhappy in their work, unemployed, graduating high school, college, masters, etc, this is a definite must read. It talks about how major setbacks like losing your job, graduating with a degree you don't know how to get a job with can be blessings in disguise. You would be surprised at how many times in my 29 years of life that I have seen people lose their job and start a business that they absolutely love doing something they are passionate about.
We need to grab a hold of what are dreams are, and find how we can fit them into our daily lives. Too often our work is our main focus of life. As Dan Miller among many others said, "Don't let your work define you, let your life define your work." He discusses how often times we let our work, are J-O-B define who we are. We get so focused on that J-O-B, that we lose sight of things that are truly important, and find ourselves very important. In his book, he helps direct you away from that mind focus. There are so many great tips I could never give all them in a short summary.
Nicely Told Lessons
Throughout his book he also has many great lessons along the way through nicely told stories such as on page 26 where he tells about a king who set a boulder in the middle of the road on the way to the city to test his subjects. Many just walked around the boulder and complained, but finally a peasant came by with his cart of vegetables. Instead of grumbling about the incompetencies of the king, he decided to set down his vegetables, and move the boulder. He points out how often times we will complain about our current circumstance, but we do absolutely nothing about it to change.
This is just one example of the many tales he tells. Although his version is written much more interestingly than mine.
No Job Is Unattainable
Page 52 "Knowing God's will is not some passive guessing game. Rather it is taking what God has already revealed to us and developing a plan of action."
page 54 "You cannot justify success in one area at the expense of success in another.
Change Your Job
A Focus On What Truly Is Important
Miller eloquently points out that we need more than just a good paycheck to be satisfied at a job. In Ecclesiastes 5:10 it states, "Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! " If money is our only reason for our job we will see many areas of our life begin to fail including our health, our relationships, our emotions, and our spiritual life. We need to make sure that our focus on what job we like is for the right reasons.
But he also points out that you shouldn't assume that you are meant to be in ministry, just because it's a godly position. Most positions can be godly positions if they are done in the right attitude. God doesn't just call pastors, priests, missionaries; he calls each and everyone of us into a vocation. It may not be in a ministry, but it is for the betterment of our society. Is not a garbage man, nurse, grocery store clerk and yes even lawyers intended for the betterment of our society. If done with the right attitude it is. They why would He not call people into each of these duties. God does not rate one job more godly than another, but He does look at how joyful we do our work.
He not only has you look into yourself, at the end of each chapter he asks you very revealing questions. The first two chapters contain these questions. Take a look at these, and you may find that this is a book you need to read.
What was I born to do? Admit it you know what it is. You may dismiss it, but you know - don't lie to yourself!
What would be my greatest contribution to others?
What do I really love to do (and when I'm doing it, time just flies by)?
What are the recurring themes that I find myself drawn to?
How do I want to be remembered?
Don't Give Up On Your Childhood Passions
What Career Suits Me?
My Personal Revelations
For me these questions are easy. I've always known the answers, but the leap of faith it takes to hold onto those dreams is hard, and I've never actually taken that leap. I've tested the waters, put my toes in, but never actually jumped.
The second set of questions that intrigued me, I wanted to write down my own answers. This is more for myself, but it may help you to. Feel free to snoop at the questions and yes, even my answers, maybe you'll even find insight into your own life as it did mine. Here goes:
Who gave you your first job? What kind of job was it? How much money did you make? My first job was actually McDonald's for a month, but a friend got me a job with her boss as a telemarketer where I made eight fifty.
From looking at your work life so far, what has been of the greatest value or worth? The time I spent with others, watching the kids learn and grow, the invaluable friendships I have made.
If your job changes, does your purpose change? For me yes.
Do you think your current job will exist five years from now? With the kids no, but nanny positions are always going to be around. Although I don't want them, once I have my own kids!
What woud be the key characteristics of an ideal job or career? To be able to constantly be learning, using my creative abilities, while getting to know new people and building lasting relationships.
When you daydream, what do you see yourself doing? Shh, don't tell, but I daydream about movies. Both movies I write, and movies I make. Yes, I have made movies and it is a secret passion of mine. I make them from videos and photos that I have taken. If you want to see them, I would love to show them off. I have even thought about making some cool ones for the church, but feel afraid to do so.
What have been the happiest, most fulfilling moments in your life? When I have watched the kids learn new things, when I have talked to my friends, when I am learning, researching, and writing, when I am doing something artistic, when I have watched people watch my videos, when I dance, when I am with people I love especially Kevin and Emily.
If nothing changed in your life in the next 5 years, would that be okay? No.
© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz