Many people struggle with the angst and frustration of not liking their job or career. I remember years ago when working for a major airline how that feeling ran through my body on a regular basis. Even though I made above average pay, the feelings of being above average and living an above average lifestyle only lasted about ten years.
The nice houses, cars, and the ability to go to the airport on a whim, and hand the gate agent a write your own ticket using my flight benefits, got old after a while. I had impressed my friends, shown my family I could make it in life even among some of their jealousy, and wondered why I had an empty feeling inside.
Some of us like the security of the paycheck. Some of us get bored with the the repetitiveness of the tasks we must perform day in and day out to continue doing what it takes to keep the money coming in. Many of us want something where the sky is the limit. Moving up to be a supervisor just isn’t enough. Even though there’s lots of risk, even a chance of being homeless or going bankrupt, we feel fine taking the chance.
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Some of us have a divine calling within that says we should be doing something that better aligns with our purpose of why we’re on the planet.
On the other hand many of us just want a simple modest life. There’s nothing to prove to anyone except ourselves. As long as there’s food on the table, laughs on a regular basis and our basic needs are met all is good. There are no worries about what others think, as long as they know we’re good citizens, honest and trustworthy. We feel like a small and unnoticeable economical used car serves the same purpose as a brand new shiny Rolls Royce. As long as our house is safe, climate controlled and kept clean, that’s good enough. This is true to some people especially if the home will be paid for soon, and a minimum wage job would cover the property taxes.
Now that we’ve covered that bit of groundwork lets dive into the reason we’re at the place in life we are right now. Lets also complete the journey by covering how you can think more deeply about moving into another arena of purpose for your life.
There are four elements of what we do in life on a day to day and hour by hour basis.
First there is our hobby. Not everybody has one. We don’t need one. It’s simply something we do on the side to prove we aren’t a robot, and to occupy our mind all the while doing something that keeps us busy and is enjoyable.
We don’t usually use our hobby to pay our bills or support our family. Although a hobby can be expensive, in both time allocation and investment, we usually don’t judge it like we would a business where we need to get a monetary return in order to keep it alive.
There are people who have turned their hobby into a profession and we will talk about that in a minute. Lets just say a hobby is an optional part of our lives. We participate in it because we enjoy most every minute of its experience.
Now lets talk about the second element which is a vocation. In my high school we had classes called vocational training. A true vocation is a divine calling.
An inner voice saying I need to do this. To do what I was created to do on our beautiful and amazing planet for as many years as I can get out of it. The word vocation actually derives from the Latin vocare “to call.” Nobody can give it to us, and nobody can take it from us.
It’s usually a specific skill-set or several ones put together like singing and playing an instrument to produce a hit song. Somebody can take your job but not a vocation.
Many artists, musicians, and business owners have found their vocations. Athletes and authors are two more examples. It’s where talent and market value meet together to provide a service or product that others need or want. Not all callings or vocations are super profitable. Many find their vocations after they retire. It’s not necessarily time sensitive either.
The third element is a job. Most every adult has one now or has had a job. I started as a bag boy and stock clerk at a grocery store. Somebody or some event can take your job. A terrorist attack, a pandemic, or a very poor economy can effect it dramatically.
A job is something we do to simply pay the bills at first. We don’t need to like it or to enjoy it very much. It’s usually something we can quit and move to another fairly easily. It’s important to note it can support the other two we just talked about. It can do such a good job of supporting that it can lead us to a full time vocation or to the fourth and last element of life.
A career is our fourth element and is deeper in our conscious than a job. It’s not as deeply rooted as a vocation but can carry many of the same elements.
A career isn’t mandatory. It doesn’t need to be your whole life like a vocation or deep calling usually is. It’s basically a job you’re passionate about. It’s believing deeper in the mission than a job. If you don’t like your career it’s fairly easy to quit and go get a plain job.
A career like a job can be effected by a pandemic, a poor economy, or a terrorist attack like it did during the 9/11 terrorist attacks for me. As a matter of fact it destroyed a great career.
Fortunately I had a backup plan but the transition was anything but smooth. Many times people end up in a dead end career they don’t like. They end up terminating it in order to get a job that supports them as they pursue their vocation. I’ve done exactly that.
Don’t confuse your job with your passion of vocation. If you love making art it’s ok to support yourself with a job that gives you the spare time to persue your vocation.
A recent study in Forbes sadly showed less than 50% of U.S. workers felt they were in good jobs. This was when unemployment was under 4% before the pandemic of 2020.
This number varies depending on which poll you look at but the number of people who like and even love their vocations is well over 70%. It is true that most vocations pay more on average than jobs and careers but the failure rate is also high. The risk reward factor is something to consider if making the bridge toward a vocation. Did you see this article taken from a millionaires’s notes about starting an online business?
This answers the big question of why many people struggle with angst and frustration in their lives. If they understood what we discussed in this article their lives would come into better focus.
As mentioned earlier it’s not such a huge risk if you know how to go about transitioning from a job to a career or full time vocation. The success rate is rather high when a structured approach is taken.
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