Growing up in a traditional Asian family, education is something that my parents highly valued. They wanted me to go to school for something that will give me a high paying career and secure myself financially. I was presented with a handful of options; become an engineer, doctor, lawyer or accountant. Even at a young age, I knew none of those things really interested me. But because no one in my family knew any better, I went with what’s safe. I decided to follow my Dad’s footsteps and got into the Engineering industry.
After a long gruelling time in school, I was happy to graduate and finally start a career. I had everything that society would define to be successful. I worked at a prestigious Engineering company with a high pay and full benefits. It afforded my a comfortable place, designer clothes and bought me a nice car. All I had to do was keep doing what I was doing for the next 40 years or so and then retire. Then I realized, something was wrong with this plan.
Everyday that I spent at my job, I felt like there’s a small piece of me that’s dying on the inside. I knew I wasn’t acting out my passion, listening to my own voice and living out my purpose. It was being suppressed because I intuitively knew I was supposed to be doing something else.
If you’ve wondered how to find your dream job, here’s the answer. You’re join to have to create it. Only you can determine what’s right for you. Ask yourself, if all your basic needs are met, would you be working the job you’re in right now? What’s something you would enjoy doing even if you didn’t get paid for it? Where would you like to live if you had a choice? What kind of work would you do that you find enjoyable? How would you like to wake up whenever you want and not have to worry about money ever again?
If you’re working a job that you don’t particularly see yourself doing for the rest of your life, how do you make the transition from your 9-to-5 to doing your dream job? Most people think starting a business is risky. Don’t you think relying on one person for your financial future is riskier?
What you’ll want to do is find the overlap between meaning and money. Find creative ways to start getting paid doing what you love simply by solving other people’s problems. Pick a group of people you want to help and identify their pains. Within your own passions and interests, find ways to help them solve their issues and improve their lives. If you can do that not only will you have your dream job but you’ll also never run out of work. If you put the needs of your clients in everything you do business-wise, you will always be in demand.