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Old 25th September 2007, 12:28 PM   #1
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Does anyone actually do for a living what they would choose if money wasn't an issue? Though I like my job I sure don't. There is nothing wrong with this or my past job, but if I didn't need money I wouldn't be here.

I would prefer to work at a bookstore, I think i would love that, especially Green Apple in San Francisco. Technically I suppose I could but I'm too greedy and money hungry to live on a bookstore wage. It's sort of pathetic.

Also I would love to be able to do construction. I want to learn how to build a house from the ground up. I'd like to be skilled with my hands and to be able to create something like a home.

Another thing I would love to do is go to school for my masters in something like art or theater, not even for the degree of a career in theater but just for fun.

Does anyone get restless like that? Am I just a typical corporate douche that will forever do bs meaningless worth because I want nice things and money?
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Old 25th September 2007, 12:34 PM   #2
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I don't. If money were not an issue I'd play music for a living. Or tour the countryside reviewing karaoke bars.
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Old 25th September 2007, 12:36 PM   #3
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I'm doing what I want to do right now. If I get tired of it, I will do something else.
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Old 25th September 2007, 12:43 PM   #4
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I don't. If money were not an issue I'd play music for a living. Or tour the countryside reviewing karaoke bars.
I think you should create a site that rates karaoke bars, kind of like the burrito eater of karaoke
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Old 25th September 2007, 12:57 PM   #5
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I think you should create a site that rates karaoke bars, kind of like the burrito eater of karaoke
I've thought about that, actually. I do, however, have a list on Yelp.
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Old 25th September 2007, 1:30 PM   #6
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I've thought about that, actually. I do, however, have a list on Yelp.
I think you should do it. Yelp is great as well but I depend on it way too much.
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Old 25th September 2007, 1:40 PM   #7
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I'm doing what I want to do right now. If I get tired of it, I will do something else.
Me too! I love my job.

If I could go back... I always wanted to be a doctor.
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Me too! I love my job.

If I could go back... I always wanted to be a doctor.
Good for you. Life's too short to continue grinding through something that you dislike, 40+ hours a week.
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Old 25th September 2007, 1:48 PM   #9
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Me too! I love my job.

If I could go back... I always wanted to be a doctor.
You and TBF are lucky. I really can't complain and I do like my job but it wouldn't be my choice.

I think a lot of it has to do with the kind of person I am. Maybe it's just that I don't want an actual job. I want an advanced degree in something artsy, I think theater and a law degree, then after I finish those I want to focus on sea kayaking and work at a book store part time. I know it's not practical at all but if I could I think that's what I'd do, oh and the building a house thing.

Ok seeing all this written down makes me feel crazy
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Ok seeing all this written down makes me feel crazy
Not crazy, but it reminds me of that one scene in Fight Club:

"Gentlemen, what will you have wished you'd done before you died?"

"Build a house!"

"Paint a self portrait!"

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You and TBF are lucky. I really can't complain and I do like my job but it wouldn't be my choice.

I think a lot of it has to do with the kind of person I am. Maybe it's just that I don't want an actual job. I want an advanced degree in something artsy, I think theater and a law degree, then after I finish those I want to focus on sea kayaking and work at a book store part time. I know it's not practical at all but if I could I think that's what I'd do, oh and the building a house thing.

Ok seeing all this written down makes me feel crazy
Well Its such an odd thing, because technically my job should really suck! I'm essentially middle management in a high pressure field. However, my direct manager is on the other side of the continent... and super cool to boot. My pay is awesome and the job is consistently challeging, and I'm really good at it.

I think thats the crux though! I enjoy my job so much because I am so good at it.
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Old 25th September 2007, 1:56 PM   #12
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It's not luck allina. You have your opportunities work for you. Having said that, it helped to have a leg up to start and some excellent business mentors.
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*raises hand*

I got incredibly lucky when I fell into this job 13 years ago. The pay is minimal but the benefits far outweigh the money part and my two immediate co-workers are pretty much my "family" of choice.

what amazes me is that when i was going to J-school, this was never touted as an option, only careers with metropolitan newspapers or writing ad copy for large, urban firms the goal they promoted was prestige and fame on a grand scale, not satisfaction with knowing what you do actually made a difference in the lives of people within a small community ...
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Old 25th September 2007, 2:00 PM   #14
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It's not luck allina. You have your opportunities work for you. Having said that, it helped to have a leg up to start and some excellent business mentors.
Wow, my englich, not good.

"You have to make your opportunites work for you."
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*raises hand*

I got incredibly lucky when I fell into this job 13 years ago. The pay is minimal but the benefits far outweigh the money part and my two immediate co-workers are pretty much my "family" of choice.

what amazes me is that when i was going to J-school, this was never touted as an option, only careers with metropolitan newspapers or writing ad copy for large, urban firms the goal they promoted was prestige and fame on a grand scale, not satisfaction with knowing what you do actually made a difference in the lives of people within a small community ...
That's awesome From what I remember you write for a Christian paper yes? Or am totally off?

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"You have to make your opportunites work for you."
Well yes of course, but this isn't a situation where I lack opportunity or feel stuck in a job I hate.

I wrote out by desired life plan out above. I'm not unhappy where I am but if I could follow what I wrote I wanted to do I would be thrilled. Reality is I can't do those things, it's not practical or rational.

I suppose I could go work at a bookstore, I know I'd love it but it's impossible to support yourself on that.
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