The theme of our Toastmasters meeting today was “Your Dream Job”. As Table Topics master, I challenged fellow members to imagine how this precept would apply in various professions.
Yesterday I met with a friend who is looking forward to be in a similar position to what I’ve been able to develop. His government job is not very fulfilling as a rule, and even less so in his current position (aka a promotion). One of his cogent points was that he knows he will be able to fill in the eventual free time more satisfyingly. That will be the big step for him in finding more personally meaningful activity, notwithstanding self-appreciation insofar as his current status is concerned, justified by providing a very creditable service.
I acknowledged that my own situation, having evolved into full-time opportunity for writing, has been clearly a major step in the right direction towards the ideal job. There have been numerous constructs and perspectives to explore, sometimes connecting.
The famously relevant, commentary question we should have in mind as we go through this process is: if money was no issue, what would we really like to have as our vocation? Do what you love to do and success will follow, is the mantra.
As my friend suggested, determining what that ideal activity really is may be the biggest initial hurdle.
It’s easier to resolve inner conflict about the worthwhileness for self of what we do professionally if we’re able to convince ourselves we’re happy doing it. Sometimes, though, you run out of gas energizing your belief system.
Available on YouTube is a recent multi-part interview with Bill Mumy, best known for playing young Will Robinson on the iconic (for both good and bad reasons) 1960s TV show “Lost in Space”. In part of his well-spoken comments, he notes he knew as a child prior to age seven this was a fantasy hero role that he would always be happy he did. He has carried this positive persona with him through the years. Fulfillment can begin at a young age, if the stars align.
However, I feel the bigger lesson is, the sooner you expose yourself to what makes you happy, the sooner your best creative energy can work with you.