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I Don’t Want to Do This Forever

by Scott on July 27, 2015

That's me flagging that heavy equipment like a boss - but I definitely didn't want to do it forever!

That’s me flagging that heavy equipment like a boss – but I definitely didn’t want to do it forever!

“All I know, is that I don’t want to do this forever.” – I couldn’t tell you how many times I heard this exact phrase while having conversations with coworkers over the years.

In my experience, there are very few people, who would say that their current profession or job is exactly what they want to do. Instead, they have made a decision somewhere along the way, to take a position or job based on a number of different factors.

  • It was their turn to take over the family business or they are following in their parents footsteps.
  • Because they were a great performer in a different role, they were promoted into a new position.
  • They applied and were hired for a role based only on the compensation rather than what they’re truly interested in or passionate about.

The third point was where I ended up getting trapped. I found myself in a position that paid incredibly well but I felt very little, if any passion for what I was doing. I was also one of those people who would finish the conversation by saying, “all I know, is that I don’t want to do this forever.”

So what did I want to do? That really is the question isn’t it and I had no idea how to answer it, or even how to figure out how to answer it. What I did know, is I didn’t want to continue doing what I was doing! I was tired of:

  • Working 12, 14, 16 or more hours a day.
  • Working in the freezing cold (I once worked in -55 degree weather).
  • Having to consistently put my family, friends and even myself behind the demands of my job.
  • In a few circumstances, even compromising my personal values in order to meet the expectations of my superiors for “the greater good of the company.”

All I know, is that I’m tired of saying “I don’t want to do this forever.” It’s time to change it to, “I’m excited and looking forward to doing this for as long as I’m fortunate enough to be able to.”

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