I am super honest here. I did not want to write this post at first.
Why? Because I have no idea. Seriously, this is me writing down how I currently experiencing things. I thought people, who write about such topics, know it all. They offer help, solutions and bullet points. Many bullet points. 5 things you can do now to live your dreams. I don’t have 5 things, I don’t even have one. But maybe and just maybe you can find yourself in one or two thoughts of mine and know you are not alone in this.
Let’s start this with a little statistic:
The average worker spends somewhere between 10 and 14 years over the course of their lifetime at work. Basically, around 20 to 25% of your waking adult life is spent working.
Another statistics says that over 80% of people hate the job, they are doing. Four out of every five people get up every morning to go do something they don’t like and even WORSE: they just keep doing it, day in and day out
Now: I don’t have a solution to this and I am well aware that there are no “dream jobs” or are they? Every dream job has it’s dark sides too but maybe if you truly enjoy what you do, the pain points do not appear as pain points anymore.
What have I done with my life so far?
During my life, I have met more people that complained about their job than telling me how much they enjoy what they do on a daily basis. When I started my studies in business administration I thought this is the beginning of a big career.
Well, actually I didn’t.
All I was thinking was, how I could improve the consistency of my last brownies and where on earth I could get some good quality coconut oil (at a time where Switzerland was not that cool to have it in every grocery store)My studies were all and nothing likewise. A good general qualification with a wide field of possibilities. As my parents would say: A solid base from which you can start building up. After years of studying, I thought, well now life starts. And then I thought the same after my internship, and after my first and second job. Once I have my diploma in business administration I will finally do what I love and where my talents lie. If I finish this internship, I will look for something else that suits me better. It’s just half a year. Don’t be such a cry-baby. You can do it. And then once you’ve done this, then you can start to live. I could continue with that for other stages in my life but I don’t want to bore you. During the past years, I wrote a lot of posts about dreams and passions (You can all find them here)
During my journey, I met a lot of people who said to me:
Well, great for you that you have a passion, I don’t have one.
I stuck in my job because I need the money
It would be too complicated to live my dream, change job or do something totally different.
I don’t have time for this.
For a certain time, I believed, that there are maybe people, who don’t have dreams or a passion and that it is their fate to just stuck in a daily routine they actually don’t like. Today I am pretty certain about one thing:
Deep down everyone has a dream and wants to live up to it.
Always consider the fact that humans didn’t always have a choice about their circumstances. Today we can do pretty much everything. I wanted to stop fighting for my dreams SO MANY TIMES! Usually, there are more people holding you back, preaching you all the negative aspects and threats of your dreams. They might tell you your dreams are too bold, too whacky and certainly not economically profitable. Maybe you came to the point where you start believing those people and you stopped dreaming and fighting for a thing. Today I am still finding myself in situations, where I think; Why I am doing this? Why I am sitting in this chair, doing things I actually do not enjoy at all. I am bored before I even step into the office. And I don’t want that anymore. Do I want to be 100% self-employed? I don’t know!
But what I am planning to do, is filling more of my days and weeks with things I actually enjoy. Do you remember doing something for hours and while you did this activity, you forgot to eat and drink and were totally out of this world? That’s it! That is the thing you should maybe do from Monday to Friday.
I love making cakes.
I love to be creative, I love to work hard on something I believe in.
I love working with positive people.
I love to dance at work.
I love to make the wrong decision and then learn from them.
So here is what I do:
I make Cakes @ Grainglow.ch
I create different cakes. But I also create Social Media Content. I create flyers for events and I can choose what organic cutlery we order.
I work hard, sometimes early in the morning and sometimes late at night. I work Monday till Sunday but it doesn’t feel like it. I work with like-minded people and the best of all, I work together with my partner in crime and love of my life. We dance at work. Not really good but it doesn’t matter. We order wrong sized pans, we forget to put the coconut oil in the cake, we use high-quality ingredients we can actually not afford.
The thing is you can do it as well and I KNOW IT! Oh and one last thing: I believe in you, now do the same and #goforit!
Thank you <3. I am one of those 80% and I am currently struggling to find my „Dream Job“ – without even knowing what that could be. It‘s really not that easy to know. I‘ve built everything on that oh-so-safe office job in a sales department, for 15 years now. And I hate it. Hope I‘ll find my passion soon.
Take care and good luck :).