A career is collectively defined as a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling. I want to emphasize on the part undertaken as a permanent calling; because the more I think about this fragment statement, the more it leads me to believe that if someone spent all their time sitting on a park bench bird watching that they could say that was their career because that’s what they were called to do. On the flip side of that if you grabbed a random person off the street, told them you would pay them to sit on a park bench for eight hours and look at birds they would do it for the money, but not because it was something they enjoyed doing.
A career to me is more than a job. A job is something people get to prevent them from being on the street, or to put food on the table and/or pay the bills. If asked, most people don’t like their job, and I believe it’s because most of the time a job translates to something you have to have or do. Most of the time we don’t pick a job because of what we would have to do, it’s more like if we can do it; and if the pay is somewhat adequate enough to accomplish what we need it to do. Then for some before they know it they’ve had the job for awhile and they either like it and decide to stick with it, thus it is now their career, or they hate it but their life as it is does not permit them to quit.
People who stay on with a job because they have to are not happy because of one reason……….that was not what they were called to do, nor is it what they had planned for their working life. They want a career. They have high hopes for their working life; they want to get up every morning happy about where they are going and what they are going to be doing because it is what they were called to do. People in this situation can’t be satisfied with just a job, they are too smart, ambitious, and have a take charge attitude to be held back by “just a job.” And most jobs they’ve had have been beneath their potential and offer no opportunity for them to exercise it.
These people will handle this dilemma in one of two ways: 1.) They will just get fed up and quit, they will convince themselves that they would rather go hungry and be homeless than to spend another day wasting their life away on a no good for nothing job. 2.) They will continue on until eventually number 1 happens, or until they find their permanent calling.
I know you think number 1 is the equivalent of playing with fire while wearing a gasoline soaked shirt, but the danger in number 2 can be the most damaging. Why? Remember a job does not exercise certain types of people’s potential, so they excel at it, does it better than anyone else and sometimes goes way and beyond the call of duty. And what boss or management in their right mind would want to lose that; so at any cost they want to keep those people doing exactly what they are doing for as long as they can. Even if the cost is on you being stuck in that position doing that same job for however long you can stand it.
I will leave you with this, do what is undertaken as a permanent calling; or find yourself waking up every morning playing with the decision of being homeless and hungry.