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The Realities of Pursuing Your “Dream Job”

Cupcake tester.

Backup dancer for Britney Spears.

Christmas tree decorator.

Hammock tester.

Restaurant critic.

Any of these could qualify as a dream job.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a ballerina. I didn’t have the skills at all so that path didn’t work out for me, but then the dream changed. When I was in college, I wanted to be a politician.

It’s funny. Now, I don’t know if I have a dream job. I don’t spend much time thinking about it, anyway. I mean, I am working for a company that specializes in inbound marketing, and I’m their blog manager. On the side, I get to write here, and on my own blog.

Am I living my dream job? I think I am, actually. I’m online, on social media, on blogs. I’m writing, I’m designing, and I’m creating. I have autonomy, and I’m part of a team. I get to be creative, and I get to work within a set structure.

What are the components of your dream job? What, in an ideal world, are you doing with your productive hours?

Are you writing books?

Making places beautiful?

Educating the leaders of tomorrow?

Changing the lives of the less fortunate in the Bronx? Or Africa?

Think about it. Let’s say tomorrow I showed up at your house and said to you that you could have any job you wanted, any title, with any responsibilities, without restriction, what would you choose?

It’s a fun thought experiment. Because sure, at first pass, being a cupcake taster sounds like an amazing job. But would it be all that much fun to eat cupcakes as your day job? The thought actually turns my stomach. What about being a restaurant critic? I mean, I love to eat out, and I’d love to send someone else the bill for it, but would turning what I do for a release into my profession take all of the fun out of it?

I think it might.

I’ve thought a lot about what makes me happy at work, and I know one thing for sure: money doesn’t rank in the top three things. I like having the freedom to do what I think makes sense, and the structure to have help when I need it. I like being part of a team, and I like it when my opinions are respected.

I like writing, and I like dorking around making graphics. I’m good at editing, and I like that too, and I like interacting with people on social media.

What do you like?

Image courtesy of gracey

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