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5 Ways to Thrive While You Look For Your Dream Job

Everyone talks about finding your passion and getting your dream job (including me).

One thing very few talk about is the time period between your current reality and your dream job.

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This can be a painful and difficult time.

You may know what you want, but getting there is going to take a plan, hard work, and maybe a little luck.

So what do you do when you can see the mountain top but you’re currently in the valley?

Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:

1. Make deposits in all the important areas of your life.

Your career and job is just one component of a successful life.

In my opinion there are seven areas you really need to pay attention to:

  • Spiritual
  • Self (physical, emotional, mental)
  • Spouse (if applicable)
  • Children (if applicable)
  • Career
  • Finances
  • Friends

When you are making deposits in each of those areas you will find the energy to work toward your career goals even if your current reality is not where you want to be long term.

2. Stay future focused.

When you focus on the lack of enjoyment of your current reality, it can lead to feeling drained or depressed.

You must stay future oriented during this time period.

To stay future oriented you need to have a goal and a plan.

It can be a loose plan to reach a somewhat unclear goal. However, you have to be moving toward something.

Likely, your goal and plan will change as you take each step.

That’s OK as long as you continue to put one foot in front of the other and make forward progress every day.

3. Take a long term view of your career.

Let’s say you start your working life at age 20 and stop working at age 70.

So, for example, if you are 30 years old now, you likely have 80% of your career still remaining for you to achieve your goals.

Whatever your age is, do the math and put your current career reality into context.

One bad day, week, or month is just a drop in the bucket of a 50 year career.

It may take you two years to get where you want to be but isn’t it worth two years to get to do what you love for even 50% of your remaining career?

4. Write down what you’re grateful for.

Keep a gratitude journal where you document what you’re thankful for each night before you go to bed.

Then your brain will be able to process your gratitude overnight and help you stay focused on the positives in your life.

5. Fill your mind with positive messages.

During your exercise routine, commute, or lunch break listen to uplifting podcasts.

I recommend Dan Miller’s and Michael Hyatt’s podcasts.

Read positive material like the books on my Reading List.

As Miguel Cerevantes wrote in Don Quixote, “The road is always better than the inn.”

Our careers really are a journey.

When you put your career in perspective it goes a long way to help us cope and thrive with the inevitable ups and downs.

Think big, hustle to reach your goals, and you will find what you’re looking for.

Don’t forget to have some fun along the way.

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Question: What has helped you get through the ups and downs of your career?


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Comment by Adam Rico on August 2, 2012 at 9:09pm

Yes Bernice, I think a lot of us are in the same boat. Thanks for your comment.

Comment by Adam Rico on August 2, 2012 at 9:08pm

Thanks Rob, I'm glad you liked the post.

Comment by Bernice Coles on August 2, 2012 at 8:52pm

Thanks, Adam. This where I am right now, as I continue to slowly continue to transition. 

Comment by Robert Clinton on August 2, 2012 at 5:05am

Your tips are right on, Adam! Thanks for sharing

Comment by Adam Rico on August 1, 2012 at 11:09pm

Thanks Jen, Peter, and Ann for your comments. 

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on August 1, 2012 at 8:04pm


Wonderful blog! Anxious to share!


Comment by Peter A Ferguson on August 1, 2012 at 7:54pm

Nicely done Adam. Great stuff!

Comment by Ann Musico on August 1, 2012 at 6:34pm

Great, practical, realistic tips!

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