I’ve been meaning to talk about dream jobs since I saw this listing for an editor at A Cup of Jo way back in December.
I’ve never had a Dream Job in mind for myself (although I’m certainly keen on the mishmash of work and the writing life that I call my “job” these days). But that editor’s listing has been ringing bells in my head for going on four months now, because of these words about the ideal candidate:
Able to generate all sorts of fresh and compelling ideas—for series and posts in all different categories. BEING A FOUNT OF IDEAS IS KEY.
I have no intention of moving to NYC, and plenty of things on the job’s punch list don’t appeal to me, but I dwell in possibility. I can do ideas–fresh, compelling, maybe even a little crazy–all day long.
It was so obvious once I read the listing: my dream job will involve being an idea machine.
Knowing your dream job criteria is obviously useful if you’re looking for work. But much like personality types, it’s useful to know your strengths (and your weaknesses) even when you’re not. Wouldn’t you rather do the work that makes more of you, not the work that makes you feel like you’re just punching the clock?
In my self-directed gig, I’ve been thinking of ways I can spend more time on ideation (my favorite) and less time on, say, resizing photos (not so much).
Do you have a dream job in mind (or are you currently working your dream job)? What is it, and what about it makes it dreamy for YOU?
P.S. I wrote a book about personality! In Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, I walk you through 7 different frameworks, explaining the basics in a way you can actually understand, sharing personal stories about how what I learned made a difference in my life, and showing you how it could make a difference in yours, as well.