Is there such a thing as the “right” job?

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AJ:Choices, choices, choices!

I love Mike Rowe. If you’re not following him on Facebook and keeping up with his musings, then you’re missing out. We always say he’s the hardest working man in the entertainment industry but beyond that he’s collecting some of the most genuine, hands-on information from the American workforce (and his perspective is hilarious).

    “Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what’s available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for the scut work. Become indispensable. You can always quit later, and be no worse off than you are today. But don’t waste another year looking for a career that doesn’t exist. And most of all, stop worrying about your happiness. Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.

    Many people today resent the suggestion that they’re in charge of the way you feel. But trust me, Parker. Those people are mistaken. That was a big lesson from Dirty Jobs, and I learned it several hundred times before it stuck. What you do, who you’re with, and how you feel about the world around you, is completely up to you.”

In this response to a fan Mike talks about a concept that has to hit home for all of us – the idea of looking for something to fill a void (in this case, a job or a relationship) without being willing to sacrifice certain things. Mike’s example of his friend who is ready to find love so long as all umpteen of her requirements are met is laughable at face value but I can think of a ton of ways I justify my decisions similarly. I want to retire early, but it’s important to me to take one significant vacation per year. I want to stay home with my kids, but I want to be able to pay for their college fully and their weddings later on. I want to make what I currently get paid, but I’d really like less stress and a less demanding position. It’s easy to do, right?

Sometimes the less glamorous option can lead to your dream job. If it were the easy path, then wouldn’t everyone do it? Following a path that has been followed before is a sure fire way to repeat history, but when has following history actually led to long-term success in the future? You have to reinvent; you have to redefine!

This is why we always say that you have to have a plan (and build a budget). If you don’t know where you are headed, then you can’t track against the plan, and you can’t stay the course. Even when the course is sometimes super not fun and results in you living beneath your means. What’s the worst that could happen? You save too much and you have too much financial flexibility?…There could be worse scenarios…

    How have you stayed the course?
    Have you ever taken a career path that was different than what you planned?
    Tell us about what you did to get through the transition!

For those of you who want to read the full article, check out the Mike Rowe article to read more.

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