First, what is a perfect career?
Well, I have my own definition of a perfect career. Read on to find out…
It is true that our generation wouldn’t mind getting a job that gives unlimited income and provides room for personal growth without any educational qualifications.
Maybe they wouldn’t mind working if the early morning alarm is out of the way or if their jobs gave them time freedom. Others could even manage the jobs if they gave room for unlimited income and fun.
Some people will even jump at any job opportunity as long as it doesn’t include having a Boss or employees.
For people that have flare for business, I can bet they would really like anyone with a low start-up cost and low risk where they can also earn a residual income.
Most employees long to peacefully climb up the career ladder without political ordeal or compromise in their place of work and be able enjoy personal growth.
Is there a career with all the above attributes?
That is what I would consider to be the perfect career. So is there a perfect career?
I am certain you also want a perfect career as well. Anyone would be crazy not to. I know that about 90% of the population will grab the opportunity of earning without having to work. It explains why almost everyone in Nigeria is into MMM today.
The truth is, we all want a job or career with all the above highlighted features. But wait, what if you are being offered a career opportunity with all of these features?
I guess this is where the response “in your dreams” would come in.
I can hear someone saying “Oh, thank God I am a Sales person and my business is doing great”. Being a sales person could be awesome, especially when things are going as planned.
Such individual has his children attending one of the best schools, has nice cars and a great house. Really cool.
Until technology takes over their activities or competitors show up or a sudden rise of government policy affects their operation or economy recession or any other things that make them lose their best customers.
The truth is, there are more than a thousand things that could affect the business of a sales person. The company he works for might even change their compensation plans which might not be in his favour.
Then what happens?
He now has to invest more and more time into his time in order to meet up, which would definitely affect other areas of his life. Eventually, the ones driven by passion or purpose rise above their challenges.
They are the real deal, right? You know, building your own business and being able to call all the shorts there. There are good things that come with being your own Boss. You don’t have to respond to early morning alarm, no compromise, no Boss and maybe you do not have to deal with employees too.
But can you take a two weeks vacation, conveniently with peace of mind, forgetting absolutely about anything that has to do with work and not worry or call to find out how far?
Your own Boss!
But wait, how do most business owners start? Oh, yes, I remember. They start by gathering their life savings, taking on debts and borrowing money from family and friends.
Then they struggle to own the businesses but the businesses end up owning them. They are usually the first person to get to work and the last to leave.
After they manage to pay their employees, they are barely able to take something home for themselves. So much for being their own Boss…
No wonder statistics show that most new businesses fail between the first and second year of establishment. Well, there are still proud young CEOs anyway.
And for indigenous self-employed, such as Tailors, Hairdressers, Carpenters and so on. People will always make new clothes, cut their hair, make new furniture and the rest and it will always continue like that.
The only complaint I have heard about that is graduated apprentices taking their previous bosses’ customers.
They could send a texted message to their Boss’ customers and mention something like this in it…
“Good afternoon ma. How is your work and family? I just wanted to check on you and tell you I am done with my Oga. You can patronize me, I will make it for you at lesser amount, compared to my Boss’ price, my shop is at ….”.
This means for every apprentice that passes through you to the labour market, is another competitor for you.
Investors! Personally, I have always admired this category of business men, and I still do.
All they do is travelling around for vacations, playing golf and having fun while they keep receiving credit alert every month or anytime they hit jackpot. These people are the real deal and are usually in cool money.
But then, here comes the truth. As an investor, you are not in control. Even with your incredible skills and knowledge when it comes to foreseeing the future, you are still not in TOTAL control.
No matter how much we admire and envy celebrities, they also have their own personal struggles. Privacy is almost impossible. But the thing is, no matter what you do, make sure you are happy doing it.
But if that job is not the real deal for you, then it is time to consider a Plan B. This is because anything could happen, anytime. This is life; it is full of RISKS. If you keep looking before you leap, you might end up never leaping at all. Falling inside the water is not really the problem, not being able to swim is.
You can only walk by learning how to. If you are afraid of falling, you may never walk. So, sometimes, you just have to leap anyway, before looking…
– ugh, still pretty scary. I know.
Nothing is perfect in this life. There is no perfect person, no perfect life, no perfect job, no perfect marriage, no perfect career too, even Network Marketing.
What I believe anyone would consider to be a perfect career is whatever comes from someone that is following his or her heart or passion and earning from it. You are happy doing it and to you, that is a perfect career. You do not feel overwhelmed by any challenges that comes your way since you are confident that you can over come it because there is no going back. Besides, you can’t find any other thing you would like to do for the rest of you life like whatever you are doing right now.
For 80% of the people, this is not the case. Some people even change career every 2 years, I can imagine the confusion. So, the question is, WHAT WILL YOU LIKE TO DO FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
Look at your present career, can it give you the future you have being looking for? That dream you have always desired and truly deserve. If not, then I am of the strong opinion that you start something or get yourself a Plan B source of income, where you can do something to help others by solving a problem.
Truly, things can actually be BETTER and only you can make that happen.
Especially when it comes to the way you earn your living. Just because you have not yet turn out like you wanted or dream, does not mean that your future cannot be better than you ever imagine it to. I know it has been hard, but I am here cheering for you. The problem with most of us?
We have allowed the thorns of our environment to kill our roses. Most have accepted ‘fate’ and just want to survive. As long as they have food on the table, they are good to go.
Why Are You Trying To Survive When You Can Thrive?
Really? You want to live the rest of your life this way?
Well, except you don’t have anything big you are looking to achieve or accomplish in the nearest future.
If you are contented with struggling your way through life, managing to get food on your table always and not making any impact whatsoever, then you can ignore this until you are faced with this kind of REALITY.
If your job has below 5 of the attributes of my definition of a perfect career, too bad. You must be living a life of…
So, you have not found something you can do for the rest of your life? You can do better than this. The situation around you might not be helping, but why should you allow it to have an absolute say over how your life turns out to be.
Acknowledge your excuses and strategically deal with them. Look at your adversity straight in the face, wear a mean grin on your face and move on. You are responsible for your own life.
What is your own definition of a perfect career?
Have you found yours?
How many of the above attributes does your current job have?