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Are You Living the Dream or Dreaming the Life?
Are You Living the Dream or Dreaming the Life?

People sometimes fanaticize about the perfect job or career. There is no perfect job!  Some jobs pay better than others. The working conditions in some careers appear to be better than in other careers. Let’s look at the ultimate example of job dreaming. There are a lot of people who would love to be president of the United States. There is prestige and glamour. The popular image projected by the media is, “The most powerful person in the world.”

What does a person give up to be president? First, there is the lengthy and expensive campaign. Whether you are successful in your attempt or not, you see the press and public scrutinize every word you utter and give an account into the deep understanding or your motives. You lose any semblance or privacy you ever enjoyed. You work long hours, and you age several years for every year you are in office.  

People think how great it would be to be a professional athlete, but there are trade-offs.  You lose privacy and your career is relatively short. Some people think about being an attorney, a doctor, a teacher. Each job has trade-offs. You might enjoy the prestige of walking into a waiting room to give the family a report, and every person in the room hangs on your every word. That is respect. Stop and consider that you might have just struggled through a six hour surgery.  You gave up your youth and accrued a huge  financial burden to study and earn your degree.

The same is true with the legal profession, except you might be required to work an average of sixty to seventy hours a week. Teaching follows a similar route, except the financial returns never materialize, no matter how hard you work or attempt to improve in your craft. Now, you are competing against the media in an information technology age for the attention of your learners. To which voice, the media or the teacher, has this generation been attuned?   Almost every English teacher I know has dreamed of being a writer. They have the skills and know the techniques, but reading thirty or more essays over a weekend can dampen your enthusiasm toward writing. You dream the life. In fact, a high percentage of members of each profession mentioned above probably fanaticize about writing about their careers and life experiences in those careers.

What should be considered in a career choice? Do you enjoy the work? Does the work provide enough variety?  Is work challenging and rewarding? Do you feel as if you are providing a vital service or product, or are you just punching the clock, and biding your time? Do the benefits and compensation outweigh the liabilities? These questions should be considered carefully, as an average career from age 21 to 65, is 44 years. Multiply that by 50 weeks a year for 2,200 weeks, then multiplied by only 40 hours a week and you have given 88,000 hours of your life to working.

A major consideration of the Information Age is to Google the internet to seek careers in Information Technology. There are career opportunities in selling products and service on a web page; managing social media for others and being paid well; writing articles and press releases; or, creating and publishing videos.  The list can go on and on.  If a person decides to open an on-line business, they might have the challenge and variety of shouldering all the responsibilities listed above. If you are successful, you will be able to work 10 hours a day or two. You determine when you want to work and where.   

Whether you are just entering the job market, want to change careers, of looking for a retirement supplement, investigate the internet possibilities.  With some further investigation, you might find others who have changed their career to help you explore possibilities for yours. Live your dream.