We all have a desire to contribute to the world in a unique way. We have a yearning to uncover our DREAM JOB — to find our perfect-world scenario of joyful and fulfilling work.
This passage is an unfolding destiny, leading to the complete use of our gifts and talents. The best part is that we will receive help along the way to uncover the truest purpose for our lives.
You may be on a fast track to business prosperity, and college has helped you develop the skills and strategies required for landing the job of your dreams. Armed with a degree, you follow the career trends splashed across business publications–like Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Forbes, and Fortune–as Mom and Dad celebrate!
Or, just as often, you find yourself stuck wondering what career path is right for you. You may be interested in many different possibilities and approach a variety of jobs over time.
No matter your situation, no matter your age, you have a gift to give to the world!
Enter this miraculous life by taking to heart the following five principles to achieve your dream!
1. Slow Down Mr. Restless: Live in the Moment
Being patient is not necessarily a trait we all know well, but if you are to achieve your very reachable dream, allow it to unfold like a summer rose.
Most “overnight success” stories play out in real time—a decade, maybe more. Practitioners of the “Don’t settle for anything, but your dream job” way of life are happy to wait because they know with certainty that their goal is reachable. While you anticipate that brilliant future, appreciate quick wins, and the feeling of joy born of staying on a positive trajectory and mastering the art of cruising through glitches and disappointments that arise from time to time.
Of course, there are circumstances which require you to grab a job because it comes attached to a paycheck, and you owe it to your employer to undertake your responsibilities with zeal. But especially remember that each task you accept is a preparation for the next meaningful opportunity awaiting you.
Basic needs impose a near-gravitational pull on our lives—we require shelter, food, water and feelings of safety to survive—but we can’t allow these requirements to extinguish your spirit in frustration or despair because you must, on occasion, prioritize them. When you can follow your passions while taking care of your essentials, you’ll realize that there are lessons learned about delayed gratification in the form of the money or fulfillment you seek.
Live for each moment. There are important lessons to learn from each job you take. Look at the work you do today like preparation for what is to come. This includes taking a position that isn’t your dream job, but if it pays your bills and keeps you engaged, you can release the fear that comes from not knowing if you can pay your bills. This alone can give you the breathing room you need to keep pursuing the dream job that awaits you.