Last week, I saw a Tweet it almost broke my mind:
If money is not a consideration, what would be the job of your dreams? Assuming you can also work at your own pace and not have to deal with any BS in the workplace. I do not know why, but I think marine biologist. Would not it be cool to work with neat ocean creatures? @MrTakoEscapes
– Retire before age 40 (@retirebyforty) August 10, 2018
(Because of my broken spirit, please be gentle with me as you read this article.)
I'm so envious that Joe, from the great blog Retire By 40, knows what he would like to be. A marine biologist is so specific. In fact, I live in a marine biology center, so that's something I talked about with my kids. (This assumes that the Pokemon coach is not a valid career path.)
What would I like to do for work? I'm not sure, but I think Lloyd Dobler said it all:
"I do not want to sell, buy anything or turn everything into a career. I do not want to sell, buy, buy, buy or process anything, process anything sold, buy or process, or repair anything sold, bought or processed. You know, as a career, I do not want to do that. "
Mr. 1500 took the idea and ran with it.
He went from pharmacy to computer programming in college. It concerned me because I liked programming computers since I was 8 or 9 years old. I've also been a pharmacy technician at the university. I remember thinking, "Why would anyone want to spend their day looking behind tablet labels?" I do not know if I could have a career that I would not like. I became physically nauseous most of the time, I went to work. It was so bad … but it paid really well.
I got my degree in computer science and some jobs thereafter. Unfortunately, about 20 years of programming was enough. I was fine if it was only programming computers, but I did not like office politics. I could not take care of business development either. I would like to explain why something was a terrible idea, but I had to do it anyway.
When I left my last job, blogs filled the void. Of course, blogs are the best career of all time … except that this is not the case. Do you know anyone who has been blogging for 12 years on a unique topic like personal finance? You arrive at the point where you run out of ideas and write articles such as "What would be your ideal job?" (Your wife comes home and asks you what you did today and the answer comes out "do Sounds not so good, not that it has ever happened.)
So what else is there? You can see what else I'm doing here. I do a lot of dog sitting as I write it often. It's great … except when it's raining (mud!) And there are too many dogs that need to sit down. Or worse, there was the moment a dog panicked and bit another dog. I suppose it is good that it is rare to have only once a year. Sitting dog does not pay particularly well either.
The beauty of the matter is that I do not have to stay true to what I do. Almost anything that makes money is at stake (sorry for the Pokemon training).
So here are my ideas on what I could potentially do:
Professional Badminton Player – My wife said I should try myself at the Olympics. I like the complement but I doubt that I'm even the best badminton player on my own street … and there are not many people living on my street.
Football Coach / Writer – Sometimes I think it could be something I could do. Unfortunately, football is so popular that competition for almost every job in the region is extreme. In addition, it seems that 90% of the concerts are content to drag the fans of the Patriots to try to get clicks on their websites.
Guitarian – The combination of my baby hands and forgetting the chord I knew 13 years ago does not bode well for that.
Magikarp – I assure you that you are attentive.
Teaching children computer programming with the help of toys – I've saved the most serious for the end. It's so specific that you can say that I'm very interested, right? There is only one problem, I do not know if I have the patience to deal with children in the long run. My children sometimes stress me, but at other times, teaching them something new is one of the experiences I have ever experienced.
At the end of the day, I think Lloyd summarized the situation well:
I can not understand all that tonight, sir, so I'm going to stay with your daughter.