Your Best Job

“When your career and your passion collide, you’ll never have to work again.”

Imagine having a job that rarely (if ever) feels like a job. Imagine a life where fun, enjoyment and fulfillment exist both inside and outside of your career. Imagine a job that genuinely excites you. One that, not only pays the bills, but one that also builds wealth on a mental, emotional, spiritual and social level. One that enables you to explore and exploit your potential.

A job that you love.

Well, I can’t tell you what your best job will be or where you’ll find it but here’s what I can tell you.

  • Your best job won’t come looking for you.
  • Your best job probably won’t be my best job. In fact, there is no universal best job.
  • The job that gives you joy might give me anxiety.
  • Your best job will probably change over time.
  • Bitching about your current job is not a good strategy for finding your best job.
  • You’ll probably have a few false starts along the way (if you haven’t already).
  • You might find your best job where you never thought to look.
  • The only person you should ask the “what should I do?” question is… yourself.
  • Sometimes fear masquerades as logic; don’t waste talent, passion, opportunities or time because of fear.
  • Transitioning from your current job to your best job might take significant time and you may need to go backwards to go forwards. 
  • You might need to climb out of your pigeon hole and leave your security blanket behind to find your best job.
  • Those closest to you are rarely the best career advisors (your best job might piss your dad off).
  • The best job won’t always ‘make sense’. Sometimes sense is over-rated.
  • If it doesn’t already exist, you might need to create it.
  • Your best job won’t necessarily be the easiest or most comfortable job.
  • You’ll never have more time or potential than you do today.

Happy job hunting. Or creating. :)

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Tim Kelson May 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Lots of what you wrote I can relate to. I know there is something better out there but I’m not sure what it is.

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Lyell May 12, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Some say you cant move a car that doesn’t have its motor on and is still in the garage. Maybe just simply doing some random stuff is the answer and not waiting on an announcement from the gods over the loudspeaker and a rainbow as a sign.

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PG May 13, 2013 at 2:08 am

Ahhhhh yes!!! Yessssss! This is why I am leaving behind 16 years as a lawyer and creating my own makeup empire…so I never have to work a day again! My best job didn’t exist and it took me 11 years of working to discover that lawyering didnt float my boat enough. And then I went about creating my best job! It’s been scary, fear stopped me for about a year (telling myself it was other logical stuff) and now I juggle both jobs until the makeup empire takes off…but I’m happier than I’ve ever been and it’s fulfilled me and pushed me more than I ever dreamt was possible! So I am proof that you can do it. And proof that this post is absolutely correct. Lovely message to share, Craig!!! xoxo

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Al May 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

I don’t understand how people spend 8+ hours a day, week after week, month after month , year after year in a job that isn’t their best job and spend most time being counter productive or complaining about it? It’s really not worth it, life is too short. Move on, enjoy some fresh perspective and LIVE.

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Kayley May 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

I’m with Tim…for 20 years I have been in a job that I knew when I started wasn’t my “best job” but everyone needs a secretary right? Yes I bitch about my job but I have no idea on what my “best job” is. You (Harps) once told me to work backwards. Instead of trying to figure out what I DID want to do, figure out what I don’t. I know I want to do something creative and off my backside! Sitting behind a PC all day every day bores me to tears. I just need to try (somehow) to figure out what path to take.

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Carol May 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

I am sure you get asked this a million times. But how to get started on the change?

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Jordo May 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

Great stuff again Harp’s. I like the idea that we may need to create our best job.

Best wishes all. Jordo.

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agm May 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I found my best job at about 40 years old. It was fulfilling every day, at particular times of year working every day; most starting before 7.00 am and get home maybe before 9.00 pm. Often take phone calls from clients during night between 11.00 pm and 4.00 am. Mix of indoors and outdoors activities, meeting and getting to know 100s of people of many nationalities. Travelled in car up to 75000 km per year, plus various air travel IS and OS. Pay package was more than double Australian average annual,
Then life-changing physical injury took over. Now I am studying and look forward to finding fulfillment and contentment in a new profession.
Often a lateral thinking counsellor employment consultant can help young people find their spot in living a great life.

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Vanessa May 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Great tips Craig.

V.

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Anonymous May 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

This is a good point.

Maybe my job doesn’t already exist, I might need to create it.

RJ

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VQ May 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Fear was the only thing holding me back from making the move.

After being scared of being hurt or failing, I’ve made some big changes and started creating the best life I can for myself.

Lose 35kgs? Check.

Stop being “scared” to be on my own? Check.

Sign up for a Bachelor of Arts degree and create a path towards a career where I can indulge in my passion for literature and history? Big ol’ check.

I can honestly say this is the happiest I have ever been. I can’t wait to get home and study. I can’t wait to get up in the morning to go for a run. I can’t wait for “tomorrow”!

Thank you for your guidance, Craig! You’ve helped me at those times where I just couldn’t help myself.

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