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The Perfect Job

I’ve had me a fair few jobs over the last 12 years.

Some I liked, some I believed in, some I only did to chase the monies and some that were just good old-fashioned fun.

Now, a little bit older, a little bit wiser (but not wise) and with a family in tow I’ve decided there are three things you need from every job…

Be it a slave job where you work for other people, or a job where you are your own boss, make the decisions and determine your own salary, these all apply.

I’ll keep it short.

  1. You need to believe in what you’re doing
  2. You need to earn enough money
  3. You need to like the people you work with

Once upon a time, I had a job in healthcare. It was interesting and I helped sick people. I worked in a pathology laboratory and when I got called up in the middle of the night to go into work I remember saying to myself “What if it was my mum who needed the help?” Then climbed into the car and drove into work at God knows what time it was.

It was a job I believed in.

Problem was, the money weren’t great and the people … fu@k me could they whinge and whine. Most of them were just counting the hours until retirement so I got out.

The next step was to jump out of the career lacking in money and enthusiasm for one with unlimited earnings. I sold my soul and started to work in the financial world. Dealing with brokers and later selling mortgages.

Like I said, the money earning potential was off the chart. There was no ceiling, I just hated it, hated the products and most of the time the people I was dealing with could have done just as well on their own — without any advice. Then 2008 happened, that was the end of that career.

Lastly, I fell into my current job. It’s awesome, I work in a gym helping people of all shapes and sizes. It was the job I always dreamed of doing, ever since I was a teenager. Downside, well unless I fancy setting up my own gym (which is a fucking headache and will take the fun out of it) the money is average and my career progression is non-existent.

So there you have it, my life, my case study; advice for you if you want to find the perfect career. Online or offline.

You just got three boxes to tick; something you believe in, something that pays you enough to a) live on and b) save with and something where you like the people you work with. Think about it, you’re going to spend more time with your work colleagues than you will with your wife, girlfriend, family. You’d better like those fuckers!

Another reason to start a side-hustle, even if you have the perfect job.

That’s me done,

See you tomorrow,

Alan Dermott

P.S. This book by Cal Newport is the best careers advice I never got. If you’re looking for the perfect career or thinking seriously about building a full-time income on the internet then — seriously — read it.

You’ll avoid a shit-ton of mistakes including the classic… following your passion, arguably the worst advice on the planet.

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