Do you ever wonder why you need a vacation from work? Perhaps your spirit is drained by your endless job responsibilities, some of which may be outside your interest.
During my break, I spend more time doing what I enjoy: reading books/articles, watching TED talks, writing blog posts, dancing, and hiking. And I often wonder how great it would be if I get to do more of these things at work. Steven Tomlinson thinks it is within our reach. He tells us that dream jobs do not exist and encourages us to design our own. In his TED talk, he suggests that we spend two hours a week engaging in what you feel passionate about. This continuous engagement will create a conversation among your favorite activities. Soon they will be cross-employed to synergize with each other. For example, Steven brought improvisation into his classroom and used his teaching experience in theatrical performances.
If you keep showing people what you love to do, it will essentially outsource figuring out your calling as more opportunities knock on your door. By taking these opportunities, where you get to do more of what you love, your dream job will come into being. I love communicating science to a lay audience so that people can improve their lives by making informed decisions proactively. It will be awesome if my writing activity invites more travels, where I can give talks and hit new trails.
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