In an earlier series of posts (see below for links) I talked about your dream job and some of the things you want to do in order to find it and land it. One of the things I never said was what your dream job is (or should be). Obviously, I can’t tell you what your ideal job (also known as a dream job) should be. In fact, no one can… except you.
What I can do, however, is tell you what a dream job is made of and you can use that to develop your own specifications.
Your ideal job (dream job) should encompass several things about you.
- What you love
- What you are (both personality and talents)
- Your mission
Why those? Because all three of these contribute to your enjoyment, your sense of accomplishment, and your ability to excel.
Let’s take a look at each of those a bit more.
What you love
If you are doing something you love, it doesn’t seem like work. Nobody minds expending energy on things they love to do. When was the last you told someone “I’m playing too hard. I really have to quit playing so much, it’s not leaving me any time for work.”?
I’ve never heard it, either. And that’s because we make time and energy for the things we love (and love to do.) In fact, that’s a thumbnail test — when you wonder if this (whatever “this” means for you) is something you love — do you find time and energy for it… especially when you are tired and you know you have other things you could do?
What you are (both personality and talents)
I deliberately used “what” instead of “who” you are. It is too easy for someone to get bogged down in all the aspects of who they are and use that as an excuse for never getting clear on their dream job.
What is your personality? Some people are very laid-back. Others are hyperactive. Some are worriers. The ideal job for each type is very different… just as these personalities are very different.
Then add into the mix the talents you have. It creates a unique blend that will deeply affect what kind of job is ideal for you.
For books that can help you identify your personality traits and jobs/career fields that tend to work well with the various personality types (based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) I can wholeheartedly recommend “Do What You Are” by Tieger & Barron-Tieger. I own a copy of this book and use it in my coaching and consulting (including with my own children.) Here is a link to it on Amazon for your convenience.
For help in discovering your talents, I strongly recommend the book (and the assessment that comes with it) StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Everybody I personally know who has taken the assessment has agreed that it pinpointed their talents. (Note: When many people get their results they first think… “well, duh. This didn’t tell me anything I don’t know.” Yet, prior to getting the results, they couldn’t tell you what their top talents were. It is a case of it being very obvious once it is pointed out, but quite obscure until then.) Here is a link to it on Amazon.
Your personal mission is something you “can’t not do”. It is partly about how your brain is wired, partly about your personality, and partly about your values and beliefs. The only problem is… most of us don’t really know what our mission is.
As a result, we zig-zag from one thing to another in response to those things we can’t not do, but never accomplish much. Rather, we feel frustrated that we aren’t being effective… and keep wondering what we want to be when we grow up.
I have an article on my website that goes more deeply into what a mission is and why you should have a mission statement (hint: clarity on your mission helps you fulfill it). (I even have a link at the end of the article to a resource that can help you discover and develop your mission.)
Put it all together….
Knowing your mission and adding it to what you love and what you are results in a pretty clear picture of what you need in a job… and what the job looks like. Once you have that picture, it becomes much easier to find that “dream job”.
Have you found your dream job? I know some people who have. If you’re one of them, tell us about it. If not, what do you need to find it?
Other posts in this series: