I listened to a very interesting podcast this morning on my way to work. It’s called Beautiful Anonymous.
It’s an American podcast in which the host invites a caller each week to call in and talk about anything they wish for an hour; no names or personal identifiers are given. That’s the beauty of it. These anonymous callers are free to talk to the host, Chris Gethard, about their topic of choice, and quite literally just chat about it. It’s bloody lovely. And the host’s voice is pretty incredible; he’s also very inters testing to listen to.
This week, Chris talked to a chap who was torn between leaving his well paid, secure job in Tech to buy a local record store and sell vinyl records; a passion of his.
It got me thinking. What would I do if money was no object? If I didn’t need money, or want money to fund a lifestyle. I have no idea. There are lots of jobs that I think would be cool, or would allow me to meet interesting people, but what job would I actually enjoy?
Who out there has a job that they can wholehearted say they love and they want to spend the rest of their lives committed to? You are very lucky. And I’m very jealous. I love my job; but do I want to be a recruiter my whole life? Nada. I pump my mind full of podcasts, books and YouTube videos all about entrepreneurism, voyaging out on your own, doing a job you love and living the most content life you can. They rarely leave me feeling positive. Instead, they make me question what I’m doing, where I’m going, and what I should, or shouldn’t be doing to be happy. [Disclaimer – I’m not unhappy in relationships just pondering the question in regards to careers…]
Is it too much to want the perfect job? Does it set unrealistic expectations? I’m not sure. I will always strive to be better, to want more, to do more; it makes me slightly hard to manage. I’m constantly training or completing educational courses in my own time to make my toolbox fatter; to what end? I have extremely high expectations of myself, I’m constantly disappointed by my efforts and continually looking for more in all aspects of my life.
I’m going to start keeping a note in my telephone of ideas, opinions, comments, epiphany’s that come to me about my future and where I want to be. Maybe once I identify that, I can start looking for the brick wall I need to climb over to get there.
I am so excited to find my ‘thing’. I just hope it doesn’t take too long.
What do you do? How do you manage your expectations and your impatience for what’s to come?