Dead-end Job = Dead-end Life

Make Your Career Part of Living Your Life

Today, the average American changes careers seven times in their life – this according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Quite a change from 50 to 60 years ago when most people were still looking for that 30-year job with benefits and good retirement.

Finding the right job or career path can be approached like playing the lottery or it can be approached with research, planning and goal setting. Chances are, the lottery approach to finding the career of your dreams will be very similar to relying on the lottery for retirement income. Research, planning and goal setting are not antithetical to love, enthusiasm and spontaneity in one’s career. In fact, research, planning and goal setting not only help us orient more productively, but also help create more space in our lives for spontaneity, love and enthusiasm. When we know where we are going, we can relax more and enjoy the journey.

“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Approaching our career and our life as a ‘life long learning’ courses is a great way to orient. Life is not static, it is dynamic – always changing. Happiness is not an end, payoff or reward, it is a product of involved living, learning and relating. Splitting our life into compartments – career/job, home/family, recreation/fun, and etc. results in more stress, not control and happiness.

One way to achieve and enjoy more satisfaction and contentment is to help make your career more about living a life rather than getting a life.

If you love friends, you will serve your friends. If you love community, you will serve your community. If you love money, you will serve your money. And if you love only yourself, you will serve only yourself. And you will have only yourself. – Stephen Colbert

If you feel trapped in a dead-end job or hard-wired to tolerate one, consider a coach to help you get beyond  limiting career theories help you lead a life with a well-paying, awesome job that excites you.