What’s wrong with me – why can’t I just be satisfied? 

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A listener asks: “Why can’t I just be satisfied with what I have?” 

Some of us aren’t cut out to do the same thing year after year. Embrace your desire for change, challenge, and variety. Don’t try to find the one thing you’re going to do for the next 30 years. Yes, be clear about what you want your life to look like 10 years – 20 years from now. But just have a clear plan for the next 2-3 years in your work – that’s likely to change.

Episode #705 February 28, 2020

Hi this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show – where each week we take 48 minutes to dive into real-life questions about finding your passion, deciding what kind of life you want to live – and then finding or creating work that allows you to show up every day, excited to be able to do something that is meaningful, fulfilling – and profitable.  This is where normal, indecision and ambiguity come to die.  Welcome to the 48 Days Radio Show.

Questions:

What’s wrong with me! Why can’t I just be satisfied with what I have?

I would encourage you to embrace your need for change.

High Is on the DISC Personality Profile often need change. Understand yourself and embrace that.

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My wife calls me a 3-year man. That’s about how long I’m good for any idea. I’ve actually had businesses that I kept for too long because my interest in them dwindled.

Should a summer job pertain to your major or does it matter?

I don’t think it matters too much between the freshman and sophomore years in college. I would encourage him to do something he enjoys (mowing yards, painting houses, FBA Fulfilled by Amazon, work for Southwest going door-to-door selling books, work in an adventure park or as a zipline guide, as a bellhop in a hotel, etc.)

Should I pursue a degree in theology or stay with the job I have now and get a Masters in ABA (Applied Behavioral Science)?

There is actually very little monetary difference between those two jobs, though the opportunities may vary between the two.

So follow your passion and what you care most about.

If it’s theology, look for ways that you can stand out and do things that others in theology don’t typically do (speak, have a course, coach, etc.)

It began in elementary school, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up…now I’m 50 and I still don’t.

What a cool opportunity. But don’t discount your wealth of life experience.

Look back at the last 30 years, what are the things you did that you enjoyed? It doesn’t have to be jobs you did. It could be at church or in your child’s school or a charity organization. Look for recurring themes on the things you are drawn to.

Find out more about Joanne Miller’s story in Be Your Finest Art.

Start by clarifying:

  • your values, dreams and passions
  • your skills and abilities
  • your personality straits

Allow yourself to think, “what if.”

Enjoy this process and embrace it.

I have an IT certification but its been 5 months and I have only clinched one interview that didn’t lead to an offer. 

If you’re not getting multiple job offers in this economy, look at the sequence to see where the breakdown is occurring.

  • Resume – Make sure your resume is not just a chronological picture of what you’ve done. Your resume is to be sales brochure of where you want to go.
  • Job Search – Identify 30-40 organizations that you’d like to be a part of that you know could use someone like you. Put yourself in the driver’s seat and reach out to them. Find out more on the introduction letter, cover letter and resume, and phone contact.
  • Interviews
  • Offers

If you’re sending out your resume and not getting any interviews, then we need to look at your resume.

If you’ve had several interviews but no job offers, then we need to look at your interview skills.

If you’re not getting the type of offers you want, then we need to look at your negotiating skills.

Find out more in 48 Days To the Work You Love

Quotation:

“Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.” Saint AugustineClick To Tweet

Resources:

Acres of Diamonds – 48days.com/acres 

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Summary

  • Embrace your desire for change, challenge, and variety.
  • Follow your passion and then create an opportunity that is different from the norm.
  • It doesn’t matter where you start – whether 18 or 88 – the process is the same.
  • If you’re not getting multiple job offers in this economy – look at the sequence and see where the breakdown is occurring

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