A reader wrote the following comment to Money magazine in its April issue:
One of the facts and figures packed into your March issue stood out: the Money Poll item that 14% of people are in their dream career. So 43 out of 50 commuters are going somewhere other than where they would like. Wow. If these people only knew that when you like your job, it isn't really work at all.
I have a few thoughts on this one:
- I certainly like my job. I've been here eight months now and am so glad I made the move.
- I don't think it's my "dream career." My dream career would be where I made $10 million a year sitting on a beach in Hawaii. Or maybe playing quarterback for the Denver Broncos (though I hear they have a good one). Or playing video games from my yacht sailing around the world. Honestly, I'm surprised that 14% said they were in their "dream career." Either these people dream very low or they only polled Fortune 500 executives.
- If they had asked how many people "liked" their jobs (which the commenter mentions in his last sentence), I think the response would have been much higher.
- I'm not sure it's true that "when you like your job, it isn't really work at all" is true. I think it's true that liking your job makes life better. I think you can certainly like your job more often than you don't like it. And you can even like it to the point where you'd say you enjoy it. But saying it really isn't like work at all? That seems a bit far-fetched. Then again, maybe I'm just too literal.
So I'm going to do my own (unofficial) survey. Let me know in the comments if you love, like, or hate your job and what you think about the quote above.
It should be an interesting discussion. :)