Choose a Career that Makes You Happy and Be Happy All-Around

As you might can tell by now, I am on a happiness-fulfilling-whole person binge right now. I have just finished reading How do You Define Success? Hopefully Like This. The overall theme is this… to focus energy in one area is to take energy away from another area. Something that the author did not address is that not all energy consumption is made equal.

How much energy that is require to perform your job function varies depending on a few factors. The first is the “physical” energy needed. A labor intensive job will require more energy – obviously – than a non labor intensive job. This requirement is more task based, though the individual plays a role too, such as muscle mass and motor function. However, there is also “emotional” energy.

How much emotional energy a job takes relies mostly on the individual and less on the task. Think about all the tasks or chores you HATE doing. Think about how you feel during or after completing them. If you hate your job, it is going to take more emotional energy and if you love your job.

Like-Hate is not the only component of emotional energy. There is also compensation and many others. If you want to have your cake and eat it too – which you deserve – you need to take this into account. If you hate your job, it is going to require more emotional energy dedicated to it in order to do your day-to-day job, but also to work towards an advancement.

Then there is also your attitude towards advancement in that career path. If you hate that career path, that will also increase emotional energy required. I could go on-and-on-and-on about all that goes into allocating emotional energy.

To sum it all up, find a career that you will enjoy and will enjoy advancing through. If you enjoy your career, you will have more energy to dedicate towards non-career related activities… and you will enjoy those more as well.

Commentary: My thoughts on “You have permission to not love your first job” by Michael A. Goodman

“You have permission to not love your first job” by Michael A. Goodman

Please read the article before reading mine. Thank you!

As a young adult and a semi-recent college graduate, I find career advice articles interesting. I read articles about job interviews, how to deal with co-workers, how to deal with clients, leadership advice, etc.

When this article floated by my LinkedIn feed, my thoughts were “I loved my first job, for a time.” The article is a short read, and I recommend it. Perhaps it will encourage you to stick it out with your current employer for a little while longer, perhaps it will encourage you to quit.

I have put in my resignation with my current employer. We have agreed on a 30 day plus or minus a week countdown. Why am I leaving? Many reasons and no reason at all, but basically because I am not happy here. The more politically correct reason is that I don’t see a future for myself and I don’t want to continue wasting my time.

Where do I see myself in the future? That’s a good question. The answer is that I have no idea. What I do know is that I want my cake and eat it too. I want a large salary. I want an insane amount of personal time. I want my job to be my life, but I don’t want my life to be my job.

Not too long ago, I once said that I wanted a job that I didn’t have to work when I went home for the day. My first year in the workforce has taught me that there are many reasons professionals work extra hours. Some do it out of necessity because that is the only way the work will get done. Some do it for advancement. Others do it for the passion. I have decided that I want a career that I am passionate about.

Of course, this is not why I quit.

My co-workers are amazing. The pay is okay for my position and experience. The overall atmosphere is outstanding, and I have learned a lot about the industry. All-in-all, this has been a great first job.

However, this is not my passion. Learning about this industry is taxing on me, to put politely. Impolitely… It is boring. I don’t care about it. This industry will not be helpful in preventing or surviving post-apocalyptic society. Also, I am not mastering the skills necessary for my primary job function, and I am taking that failure much too personally to the end that it is affecting my overall health.

If you haven’t read the article by now and hate spoilers, don’t continue yet. However, you should read his final words if nothing else.

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What is Feudalism?

feu·dal·ism
ˈfyo͞odlˌizəm/
noun

historical
  1. the dominant social system in medieval Europe, in which the nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service, and vassals were in turn tenants of the nobles, while the peasants (villeins or serfs) were obliged to live on their lord’s land and give him homage, labor, and a share of the produce, notionally in exchange for military protection.

Are we heading to a feudalistic society? Our rich keep getting richer and comparatively — and actually — our poor are getting poorer. I don’t want to live in a feudalistic society. Do you?

Some Economic Statistics for United States of America

Gross Domestic Product – GDP – (2013) — $16.77 trillion

Population (2013) — 316.5 million

GDP per capita (2013) $53,041.98

Median Wage (2012) — $26,695

Median Household Income — $50,500

66% of American earn less than $41,212

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WTF! Two thirds of Americans earn about 77% of what they produce, but it is even worse than that. If you don’t know what “median” means, it is this:

denoting or relating to a value or quantity lying at the midpoint of a frequency distribution of observed values or quantities, such that there is an equal probability of falling above or below it.

Basically, there is an equal number of people earning less than $26,695 as there is how make more. So …. half of all Americans earn just over 50% of what they produce.

In 2014, the poverty level was set at $23,850 household income for a family of four. WTF!

How does this make sense to anyone? How does this not outrage more people? This is so …..

In America, we are expected to support ourselves. How is this possible with the state of our economy? It is so difficult for people to be self sustaining in our economy, and those who are more than capable of sustaining themselves plus others are unwilling to help.

Our poverty might be more favorable to another country’s poverty, but our poverty is still horrible. It is not right for someone to not know where their next meal will come from or not have a secure and safe place to rest. Just because it could be worse does not mean that it is tolerable.

Please Google the below terms to see the numbers yourself:
United States of America GDP
Average American Income
United States of America GDP per capita

Magic is Not Real: Chapter Two: The Drive to Work

It’s a cloudy day, and the moon is full, and I am heading to work. It’s a short drive–about 20 minutes through morning traffic on city streets. It is nice living so close to work. On a bad traffic day, it might take me 25 minutes instead. On a great traffic day, it would be 15 minutes.

My dream would be to live close enough to walk. I imagine myself walking down the street. Long, curly, bright red hair blowing in the breeze.  Just looking fab.

Back to reality. Pull up to the metro bus station. “Have a nice day at work my love,” my fiancee says to me. We kiss.

“Have a great day at school and work.” I smile. We kiss again, exchange I love yous, and he then reluctantly steps out of the car, grabs his laptop, and heads to waiting zone. This is our morning routine.

Magic is Not Real: Chapter One: The Sky

The clouds were thick this morning. Thick and grey and what can only be described as boiling over. A storm was rolling in and fast. No matter though. I could feel it. The moon was full and it was sending shivers down my arms and under my skin. It made me anxious and thrilled all at once.

Since I was a child, the moon had always been a part of me. No matter what, I knew the state of the moon. Today was no different. This magic that coursed through my veins was exhilarating, but …

Must stay focused. Magic is not real, and I am not an all-powerful MIA witch queen.  I cannot make my enemies quake with fear by the mere mention of my name. I cannot make the rulers of the world bow before me. Magic. Is. Not. Real.