On Friday I wrote a post entitled, What is Your Dream Job? In that post I defined ‘dream job’ and established the first step to finding our dream job.
In response, I received a very wise email from a great mentor of mine. Here is an excerpt of what he had to say:
The Dream Job in your 20’s may not be your Dream Job in your 30’s. Your Dream Job in your 40’s may not be your Dream Job in your 50’s. Your 20’s – 30’sDream Job as you look back when you are in your 60’s might be something entirely different that what you did…………therefore not leading you to your “Dream Retirement”……Seems to me that a long term view of how a job fits into a “Dream Life” is necessary. Maybethe key for that weekend away is to think deeply about what you want from life then to thinkabout how a job fits inside the framework for that life.
Because I couldn’t have said it better myself and because I couldn’t agree more, I felt it appropriate to share this sage advice directly.
So while I maintain that finding our dream job will rely on our self-awareness and a reflection of our own person, I posit (based on the message above) that there is a prerequisite to finding our dream job: establishing our idea of a dream life.
Once we have dreamt big about the entirety of our life, we can more effectively establish and pursue our dream job today. The key then would be to ensure alignment of our present dream job with our dream life.
So what do you think? Would you first establish your dream job or your dream life? Why?