I’ve been talking to a lot of people about jobs and careers. I have come to the conclusion that there is no reason a person shouldn’t go after their dream job.
One of my friends has been going to school for several years to get her Master’s in counseling, while running her own restaurant at the same time. She started to realize about 10 years ago that she wanted to use her listening ear and life experience to help others in need, and after defining her goal, worked steadily toward it.
Another friend would like to be a full-time youth pastor. However, he has to decide whether it’s important enough to him to go back to school. He has been out of work for six months and is trying to figure out how to make a living in the mean time.
A third friend is miserable in his current situation- he has to work late hours, has to choose between pleasing his boss and being civil to his clients, and is constantly hounded to do more. His dream job would be coaching college basketball. While he may not get into the NCAA before he retires, there’s no reason he couldn’t pursue coaching or teaching.
I am convinced that God doesn’t want us to be miserable. Either working in a field that is not a good fit, or working for someone who is not a good fit- can make life incredibly discouraging. God has created each one of us with a plan and for a purpose. Part of the plan may be enduring Dragon Lady for a boss, for a time, but not for life.*
Dream, and dream big. Follow your heart. Set a goal and work out the path to get there. A woman I mentor has her heart set on becoming a Medical Examiner. She’s 26, has 2 kids (and one on the way) and just earned her GED. She’s going to start with an associate degree in Medical Assisting and work her way up from there. That’s courage. That’s believing in yourself. That’s perseverance. That’s my girl!
*I love my boss. (In case anyone from my office reads this).