My readers send me some incredible material. I've excerpted a paragraph below from an email I received, but I hope you will stop what you are doing and read the entire piece. It's by Mike Rowe, a media personality, actor, and comedian best known as the host of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs.
Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what’s available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for the scut work. Become indispensable. You can always quit later, and be no worse off than you are today. But don’t waste another year looking for a career that doesn’t exist. And most of all, stop worrying about your happiness. Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.
PS. I’m serious about welding and North Dakota. Those guys are writing their own ticket.
How often I find myself treading water and getting no traction (mixed metaphor, I know!) In my book I talk about how we need to make sure we are on the northbound train: the conductor knows the destination, the track is in working order, and we have enough resources to make the trip. Enough about finding a dream job-- I want to market the equivalent of my welding skills. When we apply our best effort somewhere with a definite need, we can write our own ticket.