The myth of the dream job

the myth of the dream job from elembee.com

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I feel like I’ve created a dream job that isn’t quite my dream anymore. But the more I think about it, the more I think this idea of a dream job is a myth.

Here’s the thing: this idea of a dream job implies that there is an end goal. A finish line you can cross, collect your medal, and yell, “I did it!” The end. Congratulations, you just crossed another item off your bucket list.

But your job takes up a huge portion of your life. There isn’t a finish line. You don’t achieve your dream job, then keep doing the same thing for the rest of your life. That would be boring!

Circumstances change. You change. And what’s right for you today may not be right for you tomorrow.

And that’s OK.

So if the dream job doesn’t exist, what are we chasing? I say let’s chase the work we’re proud of, the work that makes us happy, and the work that supports the kind of life we want to live. Not everything we do is going to fall under those categories. But I’d say if we’re spending most of our time doing that kind of work, we’re living the dream.

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