I suppose telling children that they can be whatever they want to be while they’re still growing up just forms part of our efforts to preserve their innocence as long as we can, isn’t it? Otherwise judging by the actual rate at which economically active adults go on to find themselves in industries and roles they expressly sought to suggests that we’re simply selling dreams by saying that kids can grow up to be whatever they want to be.
I don’t think any of that needs to change in any way though – they should be allowed to dream for as long as they can. Fortunately though there are some rare cases in which those childhood dreams simply never die. They never go on to get “contaminated” by what is meant to be the inevitable dose of reality seemingly awaiting the rest of us and these make for a lucky few in that they end up going on to realise their crazy, big dreams.
The more common course awaiting the majority of us however is that of finding yourself in a career you never even imagined you could find yourself in. Sometimes it even goes as far as finding yourself in a career you perhaps never even knew actually existed!
At first you might just be grateful to have landed a job since that would indicate that you’re beating the odds by way of the rising unemployment numbers and market conditions. As time goes by however, working in and industry you don’t even harbour the slightest passion for can make for a very soul-crushing time to have to endure. You begin to dread everything about your life because pretty much everything in your life will have some or other link to your job and career.
In order to pull yourself out of what can be this very powerful vortex of extreme job dissatisfaction, you’ll need to take action. Nobody is going to come knocking on your door to hand you your dream career, unless you’re lucky enough to have put the word out there and had someone come to your aid. Still, putting the word out there is still a proactive step you have to take for yourself…
If you’re pretty much resigned to the fact that you’re going to be in a specific sector, industry or job for the foreseeable future and you have very little chance of escaping, then you should take a leaf out of the books of some legal professionals who specialise in a particular field, such as the train accident lawyers who continue to help countless members of the public wronged by railroad companies. These lawyers, while they are indeed an example of professionals who are passionate about their careers and field, model an example of how one should always seek an underlying cause to dedicate their career to.
It’s not about the actual job you do, but about the impact it makes. Taking this approach is the easiest way to find and pursue your passion within a role you might not otherwise generally be passionate about.