We had an email this week asking about making the transition from the day job to the dream job. What would be your dream job? If you could do whatever job you wanted what would it be?
Ed, Rie and I all feel like we are doing our dream jobs. We all love what we do and really enjoy the process of being alive. I always say that if you can wake up with a smile on your face and go to bed with a smile on your face then you have cracked it, you have got your life right.
The thing is that most of us do what we do because we feel that we have little or no choice. At school most people are pushed to go in a certain way that the education system believe they will be good at. Or maybe it is security. When I was a kid I was told that if you worked in a bank, or for the police, in health or as a teacher you will have a job for life. Well, that might not be so true these days but back then people grabbed the job that was seen as safe and secure and hung onto it until retirement. That was true even if they hated the job.
I have worked with so many people who not only hate their work life but don’t like their home life that much either. We can becomes trapped by those wonderful British attitudes…
‘Better the devil you know’
‘A Leopard can’t change it’s spots’
‘Old dogs can’t learn new tricks’
‘Don’t throw away dirty water until you have clean’
‘Won’t be long it will be Friday’
‘It could be worse’
‘Why change, no one cares anyway’
‘The grass isn’t always greener’
This list goes on and on ………..
It is surprising how many people are not happy with their lives.
I believe that we can all find a way of living that works for us. And, if we are prepared to work at it we can find our dream life and our dream job.
For me it was the decision that whatever I would do with me life I would only do it if it made me happy. When I was honest with myself the two things that made me really happy was working with people and playing music and since the beginning the 1980s that is exactly what I have done.
I couldn’t say that I have a dream job because I don’t feel like I go to work. I simply wake up with a smile on my face and get on with my life and I love it. The pleasure of working with people and watching them flower and discover who they really are is a joy beyond words. That is even true of those that are the slow burners and take a very long time to change.
We all deserve to be happy and fulfilled. First off you have to decide what would make you feel happy and fulfilled. Second you need to gather the resources around you that you need to enable the change to take place. Third you need the courage to dare your self to be different. As they say, ‘who dares wins’.
Be happy and live your dream