One of the most common mistakes that a person makes is looking for the wrong job. You'd think that doesn't make sense but the fact is that people don't understand the requirements necessary for determining the "right" job.
The scholar Joseph Campbell often spoke about finding one's passion and living within one's happiness. A lot of people might not think that's important when it comes to a job but the truth of the matter is that the more your job makes you happy, the more content you're going to be with your entire life.
Now, if you're going to find the right job, the first thing you need to do is ignite your imagination. If you're anything like me, you've probably grown up hating the jobs that you have to do and you've never even thought about whether or not a job out there could possibly make you happy.
The truth is, plenty of people have jobs that make them happy. In fact, two young college students named Larry Page and Sergey Brin worked with computers because it was something they loved to do. The two of them wanted to find a way to retrieve information from the massive data pile known as the internet. The work they did was exhausting and tiring but because it was something they loved to do, it didn't even seem like work.
Eventually, they unlocked the secret they had been looking for and started up a little company known as Google. Who knows? If you find the job that makes you happy, you might find yourself with the next multibillion dollar company on your plate.
Now, you're looking for something that's going to make you happy -- and that means that you're going to have to use your imagination and your creativity. Think about the various occupations out there that might most easily be able to incorporate your own happiness into them and work on finding a way to land a job in those fields.
One secret to finding out what makes you happy is to really notice yourself -- and notice what it is that makes you happy. Think about the activities that you do that give you pleasure and find ways that you can use to find out what really gives you pleasure. Remember that the more that you enjoy what you're doing, the less it's going to seem like work -- and the more successful you are going to become.
Now, one of the common problems is that the jobs that might make someone happy might require skills they don't have. In that case, there are some options open. The first, naturally, is to go to school and get the training. Or you might consider volunteering in some capacity to get your foot in the door. You can even go to the company and speak with someone in Human Resources, making sure you let them see the passion that you have for the job that you're going for. In many cases, a hiring manager will want someone who has a genuine love and enjoyment for the field rather than experience. Yet another useful method is to find someone who is working in the field that you want to get into and set up a meeting so that you can pick their brains. Many people are more than happy to share whatever knowledge they can -- especially if they sense a kindred spirit in you.
Lastly, make sure that you think "outside the box." You might think that the things that make you happy might not be marketable skills but in today's marketplace, there are few things that are written in stone. The current crop of millionaires out there will be the first to admit that they went and did something they loved doing, not even caring whether or not they were going to get paid, and in the end, they wound up making more money than they had ever dreamt possible.
The same can happen with you.
The time has come when you need to look at yourself, find out whatever it is that truly makes you happy, and you need to find a way to incorporate the passion you feel for that with a way to make money. It probably won't happen overnight, of course, but if you keep your eyes open, if you stay focused, and if you keep thinking outside the box, the chances are very good that you'll find the happiness and the success that you're looking for.