Everyone is looking for their dream job: Something that we are good at and that we will enjoy in an environment that we like and with colleagues that we get on with. Let’s be honest though: How likely is it that we will ever find something that truly ticks all the boxes? We have put together a few good reasons why it would be better to stop wasting your time searching for a dream job that probably isn’t out there.
1. There is more to life than work
What is the most important thing in your life? Is it really that dream job or is it the relationships you have? What is having your dream job worth to you? Your health and your family should not come second to your search for your dream job. “But my dream job will certainly pay well,” you tell yourself. But does having more money and a corresponding increase in living standards really make a person happy? Many studies say no. You may be better off looking after your spiritual welfare by prioritizing other valuable life experiences.
2. The perfect job will not make you happier
Fortunately, status isn’t everything. A sudden improvement in a person’s circumstances or a lottery win is not enough to make up for a lifetime of negative experiences. Your personality plays an important role. Happiness is relative because people view their situations subjectively. A lot depends on the way you approach life - having the perfect job is not the most important determinant of personal happiness.
3. Your dream job will find you
Every person you meet has something new to teach you. Approach new situations with an open mind and you will automatically find out what suits you and what doesn’t. If you are open to new opportunities, then you can probably save yourself the frustrating search for your dream job.
4. Don’t lose sight of what you already have
Have you ever met someone fascinating who wowed you with stories about their exciting life? Or perhaps you have been impressed by something you have read. If so, it doesn’t always mean that your situation is automatically less interesting or valid. Your life is already happy and fulfilled - take stock of what you already have. Constantly looking for your dream job can distract you from seeing your current situation in a positive light.
5. The concept of a dream job is an illusion
There is no such thing as the perfect job. When we talk of a dream job, however, that is exactly what is being implied, which is why it is nothing more than a mirage. Don’t chase something that will always be just out of reach. That is a recipe for constant disappointment. Try and remember that nothing is 100% perfect but there is absolutely nothing wrong with t