CAREER / 12 July 2017How to Remain Optimistic During the Job Hunt
Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life
Imagine a world where you could adventure, explore, relax, or even stargaze all while getting paid. You may be thinking “how in the world can I just have fun all the time?”, well the answer is easy. If you set out to find a job that you actually enjoy doing, would it technically be considered a job? Take wildlife trainers for example. They are fortunate with the opportunity to hold baby monkeys for a couple hours just so the monkeys feel loved and nurtured. This is not even the best part, imagine getting paid doing it! All I know, is if that were my job, I would never want to clock out.
Have you ever asked yourself, "What would you do if money didn't matter?" , well take a few moments to check out this video. People spend hours and hours everyday working in jobs they are not satisfied with - around 50,000 hours of work are still left until you are able to retire. With so much time devoted to work, why wouldn’t you consider a job worth your time? Imagine what it must feel like to be excited to go to work. Instead of counting down the hours till you are off or even calling in sick just so you do not have to go in that day. Many people believe that's just a dream- that whoever has a fun job must not be making a living or it’s irresponsible. In fact, the majority of our society is raised to believe that if you are not tired, exhausted or asleep once you get home from work, then you did not work hard enough.
Well folks, that is a lie.
As a philosopher Alan Watts once stated, “Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.”
The more time we keep putting off our goals and dreams of having a career full of happiness, the more time we spend miserable on the workforce. The opportunities available to every individual are limitless. We all have the chance to fulfill our dreams, we just have to decide which is more important: the amount of money we are bring in or our happiness.
“What do I desire?” Take the time to think about what makes you happy in life and what you would love to pursue in life.
Forget about peers doubting your choices by constantly reminding you that you can’t make it big being a poet. When in reality the more you practice something you become a master in it and that will get you as far as you believe.
Have the courage to follow a career path that you enjoy. Next time you are looking for a job take this fresh start as a way to expand your horizon with a career you find happiness in. Instead of looking for jobs that pay the most money, look at jobs you can see yourself having a great time at. Who knows you may start off learning guitar, to being the next music teacher at a local high school.
Teach your kids now that happiness will go further than riches. Like Alan Watts said, “When we finally get down to something, I’d say you do that and forget the money.” Once you have an idea on something that brings you happiness, take a moment to think about a way to incorporate a job out of it. If someone can be paid to design toilet paper patterns, then there’s something out there that’s right for you.
Now once you have found your “it”. Your one job or activity that makes you feel alive and motivated, then now is the time to pursue them. Today is the youngest you will ever be, so instead of wasting it at your lackluster job, look for jobs you can make a happy living out of, while having a kick-ass time in the process.
Incase you need more convincing, here are 10 great reasons to do what you love for living.
You will feel more fulfilled
You have a passion
Your self- esteem improves
You could make more money
You want to keep learning and improving yourself
Your mental health improves
You are motivated and productive
You can serve others better
You’re a more effective leader
You’re excited to tackle new industry challenges
The bottom line is that if you are constantly thinking and dreaming about your best friend’s awesome job, while bored and stuck at yours, then maybe it’s time to consider another career choice. The amount of time you spend at this awful job will never lead to a rich life. No matter how much money you are bringing in does not account for lost time not living your dreams. The key to making money- and happiness - is being satisfied. After reading an excerpt from the book “Your Money: The missing manual” by J.D Roth, discussed that “ It’s not how much you have that makes you happy or unhappy, but how much you want. If you want less, you’ll be happy with less. This isn’t a psychological game or New Age mumbo-jumbo, it’s fact: The lower your expectations, the easier they are to fulfill—and the happier you’ll be.” Next time you are torn between a job you love verse a job you will be rich at, take the one that will make you feel happier.
For additional tips on how to land your dream job check out this article and always remember to live a life you enjoy, instead of living in regret about not pursuing a career you’ve always wanted to do. There are plenty of job opportunities where you can even work at home from your PJ’s, which allow for more flexibility. Good Luck finding your dream job and for more helpful tips on remote jobs be sure to check out this article.