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Food for thought: 9 in 10 people are not working in their dream job

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Many of us have been witness to the fact that life can change at the blink of an eye. While it brings about changes which may knock us temporarily, it can bring a fresh perspective and a strengthened appreciation for time.

Those I have come across who have experienced life-changing events have spoken of being drawn to authenticity and the need to surround themselves with people and things that reflect an authentic lifestyle. With an appreciation that life can change at any moment, many seek a life of fulfilment and positive activities in which to engage in the quest to live a life without regrets. For some, it’s no longer about what they do for a living, but also how they feel while doing what they do for a living.

…nine in ten people are not working in their dream job.

A survey of 2000 adults conducted by a research agency found that 9 in 10 people are not working in their dream job, and that many have succumbed to the idea that they will never do so.

It can be argued that a ‘dream job’ may not be a person’s actual calling but a job which leads them to their calling. However, could it be that the vast majority of people are just settling? Many may say that they are in a situation where they feel they have no choice but to settle.

I have interviewed job candidates whose faces would light up upon talking about their hobbies—things that they do in the spare time, which in reality if explored, could make them a living.

I’ve seen the genuine happiness oozing from their beings as they speak of these hobbies; then the deadpan exterior which emerges seconds later when they begin to talk about their career history. The spark I saw in their eyes when they talked about their interests? Gone. The discreet but emotive body language they exhibited when going into detail about their hobbies? Also gone.

Could it be that as humans we have got things the wrong way around? Is it that the talents we’re given, the activities in which we excel, derive joy and make our faces come alive, were actually meant to be the very things given to us to make a living?

…feeling like a hamster that has been afforded a few waking hours away from the wheel…

Perhaps somewhere along the way we bought into the belief that ‘work’ is only ‘real work’ if it leaves us feeling exhausted and unfulfilled at the end of the working day. That work is only genuine work, if it enables us to go home, feeling like a hamster that has been afforded a few waking hours away from the wheel. That work is only ‘real work’ if we encounter the feeling of dread on a Sunday night.

Many people who decide to pursue their goals, often talk of the element of guilt they are made to feel whilst pursuing them and ridicule they may receive. They are often encouraged by those around them to create and settle for a ‘Plan B’.

The idea of ‘happy, fulfilled life’ is often seen as a fantasy—something born out of ‘luck’ or reserved for retirement – a time many view as an opportunity to sit back, relax, and perhaps pursue and make time for the things they didn’t get enough time to enjoy during their working lives.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the privilege of living to see retirement, so the question is, do we settle in the meantime and take the chance later? Or do we make that jump and go for what we want, now?

What are your thoughts? Are you the 1 out of 10 who is working in your dream job? Or are you 1 of the 9 who has succumbed to the belief that you may never work in your dream job? Perhaps you’re not working in your dream job but still enjoy what you do—or did your dream job actually lead you to your calling?

Leave a comment below or send a message via the contact page. I’d love to hear from you.

Aisha A. Phipps 
Musings of Ms. Phipps


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