I, like many people, followed the career path my parents laid before me - finish college and get a job so you can get off of our payroll. At the ripe age of 22, after majoring in Journalism and Spanish in college and putting off a real job for a year to teach English and live in Spain, I was finally faced with the question, "What the hell am I going to do with my life?" I had never done an internship. I had never taken any career assessments. BUT I did know that I loved the Spanish language and thought I might be a decent teacher, so I got my first job teaching Spanish at my old middle school and lived with my Mom (thankfully not in the basement).
While it was nice to get a steady paycheck (and not have to use it to pay rent) and while I learned a whole lot, had great fun and met awesome people teaching Spanish at my old middle school, I knew after a couple of years that I wanted something more. The middle school hormones and helicopter parents had me dreaming of new horizons. And though I may have complained some about my job, I never got mired in endless negativity and complaining about how bad it was. Instead, I looked for jobs on the Internet and explored possibilities. One day, I found a professorship to teach Spanish at a community college near the town where my future husband had just moved to. Since I had been working on my Masters degree while teaching, I was now qualified for the job. Presto, change-o. A few months later, I was moving out of Mom's and into my first official, all-my-own apartment in Flat Rock, NC.
Lucky for me, I had the best community college teaching experience with students and fellow teachers who inspired me every day. I felt so fortunate to do what I did. I had an incredible schedule, was able to work a part-time, fun retail job and the world was my oyster.
Until I watched the movie The Secret. After learning about the Law of Attraction, a whole new world opened up to me and I just knew in my heart of hearts that I had to be, do and have more. So I quit the cushy job I loved and launched off to write a book, become a motivational speaker and conquer the world.
Or so I thought.
The universe had other plans, and after a year, having given up my ah-mazing community college teaching job, and completely running out of cash, I was back to teaching Spanish, this time at my old high school, which was now an hour drive from my current home. This was a hard failure to endure at first - super tough pill to swallow. My ego was bruised and my negativity at an all-time high. To say it was a learning / growing experience would be an understatement. The anxiety I experienced during this time was almost crippling.
But in the end, after taking lots of deep breaths and hot salt baths, I went back to doing what I do best and made the most of my situation choosing to be happy exactly where I was.
I started writing down lists of positive aspects and blessings in my life. If there were students / teachers I didn't love working with or classes I dreaded, I wrote things I appreciated about them - even if it was something superficial like their trendy clothes or music or that I had them right before lunch break.
I did everything I could to see all positives in this difficult transition - I wrote list after list of good-feeling, high vibe shit. And low and behold, it wasn't long before that not-so-ideal job situation was history and I found myself in a role that I loved that took me around the world sharing a language-learning tool I wholeheartedly believed in. Again, I did some hustling in there too - I started (another) Master's degree in Training & Performance Improvement (I'm kind of a learning junkie). I was only 3 months into the program when I got hired.
My career is literally that same scenario on repeat and with new twists and turns depending on my role, my team etc.
Start the job
Make the most of it even when it sucks
Get restless (or laid off) and start exploring
Find the good
Meet new people
Deal with the drama
Be happy anyway
Make lists of positive aspects
New opportunity is found (or it finds me!)
In a nutshell, what I have learned over and over and over again is this:
I won't go through all the career shifts and moves that have finally landed me in my dream job as a Chief Inspiration Officer helping people to live on purpose and achieve their dreams - you can read more here if you're curious. But every single awesome result I've achieved in my career has been the product of me focusing first on being happy and grateful with where I am now. (And this is after being laid off and dealing with being unemployed 3 times).
So, I can promise you with absolute certainty that if you are bitching about your current circumstances and being ungrateful about your now, you will not find your dream job and it will not find you. You can work your ass off. Send out resumes all day long. But being negative while taking those actions will not land you a kick-ass job that you love.
We live in a universe that's vibrating with energy, and in case you haven't noticed like energy attracts like energy (a.k.a. birds of a feather flock together). If you keep on bitching about where you are, even if you create something new, it will be something else for you to bitch about soon enough. Instead, choose to focus on keeping your vibe high, and you will be amazed at the shifts and changes and the EASE with which you create a work situation that's even better than what you ever imagined.
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