Settling for a career

What “The Ultimate dream squashers” is about:

I can truly relate to that old crooner who sang that he’d been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king. I’ve been a trainer, an “instructional designer,” a writer, and editor. A teacher, a QA guy, and order taker, and a box pusher. A floor buffer, burger flipper, bar back, and busboy. I’ve even been a military man and a Peace Corps hipster literally within a few years of each other.

And I’m sure that if you have a number of years under your belt, you’ve had a similar run through the jobs and careers gauntlet. Having tried a whole mess of jobs and careers in our lives, it can be hard to say what the right path is.

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I think one of the keys, however, is to keep trying new things until we find what we love. And with any luck, we will also be good at what we love.

The trick is to never get stuck in the trap, the rut, or what I disdainfully call “the settling.” You will never find a vocation that you are passionate about by standing still in a job or career that you hate or, at best, “put up with” because you feel that there is no alternative.

There are always alternatives.

“People are not meant to sit in cubicles all day.” – Peter Gibbons, Office Space