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August 29, 2011

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How to Find Your Dream Job

What is your “Dream Job”? Do you have one?


Maybe it’s a job you’ve dreamed about since you were a kid or perhaps it’s simply an “idea” of what a dream job might be.


I was going to write about how to find your dream job but quickly realized there isn’t a step by step process or formula I could share.


In my research for The Seed I discovered that there are many paths to one’s dream job.


Some like Derek Jeter, Brian Williams, Bill Clinton, and Joy Behar knew what they wanted to do when they were a child and their childhood dream eventually came true.


But for most of us our dream job is likely not the one we dreamed about as a kid.

As a child I dreamed of being President of the United States. I studied government and economics at Cornell. I ran for City Council of Atlanta at the age of 26 with plans to run for Mayor. But I lost the election and realized the negativity, lies and game of politics weren’t for me after all.


I look back now and realize that sometimes you have to lose a goal to find your destiny.


You see, your dream job is not about a position. It’s about a purpose.


A purpose that sometimes needs to reveal itself over time.


Most of us have had multiple jobs and while they may have not been our dream job, they could be preparing us for it. I’ve been a waiter, bartender, restaurant owner, teacher, non-profit organizer, salesman, law school student, entrepreneur, business development director for a technology company, and franchisee. Each “job” has prepared me along the way, just as yours prepares you.


Every job you do on your journey prepares you for the work you are meant to do in the future.


The thing to remember is this... the path to one’s dream job is not always a straight line.

Some find their dream job by getting promoted within their organization.

Others find it by getting fired.

Some make their current job their dream job by changing their attitude about their work.

Others find it by pursuing something new.

Whether you think your current job is your dream job or not, the best thing you can do is to plant yourself where you are and grow to your full potential. If you are meant to grow into your dream job where you are, you will. If you are meant to be replanted and grow into your dream job somewhere else, you will.

The key is to be positive and purposeful about your work wherever you work.

Learn as much as you can, work as hard as you can, act like your job is your dream job, and be open to the possibilities. When you do that, there’s a very good chance that you’ll find your dream job, or your dream job will find you!

-Jon

 

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