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Old 02-04-15, 07:37 PM
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What would you do, if you could do what you love?

Sort of related to that "Do You Love What You Do" thread ...

If you could quickly and easily transition into another career/job ... what would your dream career/job be? What would you do, if you could do what you love?
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Old 02-04-15, 07:43 PM
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Mine would probably be either ...

-- a travel writer/photographer


...or maybe ...

-- a database administrator who could work from home or while travelling, and work on contract.


... or perhaps ...

-- some combination of the two.

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Over my entire working life I've had a passion for botany (majored in it in college) and aerobic sports (I was a distance runner in high school and college). I never found a way to make a living off either of those. If its my current interests it would be a professional musician similar to the career of David Lindley (he's mostly a session musician), a luthier, maybe a landscape contractor. Coulda, woulda, shloulda . . . you can't change what you've already done, you can only look forward and plan ahead.
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To be honest I've never really had a passion for anything. I have hobbies I enjoy, but I don't enjoy any of them so much that I'd want to make a career out of them. My interests come and go. I always seem to return to photography, bicycles, and drawing/painting, but I'm not interested in any of them all of the time. I think if I had to choose any of those things as a profession, I'd hate it within a few months. This is also one reason I've been so hesitant to go back to school. Accruing $50,000+ in debt for something I'll probably be sick of in less than a year (while ruining a hobby) is just too hard to justify.
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Old 02-04-15, 09:33 PM
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I would collect unused bikes in first world nations take them to second and third world nations.

I would help bring computer technology to large urban areas in second world nations, focusing on a single city at at time. Eventually as communities became saturated hopefully an internet revolution would start for them like it did for us in the first world in the 1990's.

Bicycles and education can't solve all the problems in the world but they are either the solution or part of the solution to many of those problems. There is no higher calling than to live a life in service to others. If I could, this is how I would spend the rest of my life.
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I only had one dream in life- to play pro hockey for the New York Rangers. I never had a calling, just doing whatever to pay the bills.
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Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
To be honest I've never really had a passion for anything. I have hobbies I enjoy, but I don't enjoy any of them so much that I'd want to make a career out of them. My interests come and go. I always seem to return to photography, bicycles, and drawing/painting, but I'm not interested in any of them all of the time. I think if I had to choose any of those things as a profession, I'd hate it within a few months. This is also one reason I've been so hesitant to go back to school. Accruing $50,000+ in debt for something I'll probably be sick of in less than a year (while ruining a hobby) is just too hard to justify.
I wish I could be this honest at job interviews. I just can't tell it like it is.
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Old 02-04-15, 09:49 PM
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I sort of stumbled into what I'm doing now and wouldn't change anything. I started out in college having no idea what I wanted. My father wanted me to be a doctor so I was in pre-med. I switched to engineering then graduated in psychology. I ended up working for the federal government - planned it to be a couple years and it turned out as a career. I was able to start and continue a passion for running at noontime - the military and law enforcement agencies promote fitness. Then I got involved with cycling and triathlons. Now I do consulting and work a good bit from home. I also work from my boat.

So now I can cycle pretty much when I want, got to travel to lots of exciting places and live where I wanted, have two grown children that I'm very proud of, and a wonderful wife.
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Old 02-04-15, 09:57 PM
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I wanted to be a cop just to help others but im way to short and crazy
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I'd do animations and simulations of the solar system and the universe, show people what it would look like as we explore and develop space.
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I've always wanted to own a radio station. If I could, it wouldn't be tied down to a particular era or format, just good music - and that would usually mean music that wasn't popular to the masses. I wouldn't repeat a song within a 24 hr period, and would try to give some info about the artist before the song. It would be a true passion and a labor of love, but probably not financially successful if it was brick & mortar....but something on-line is a possibility. Who wants to be an investor

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Old 02-05-15, 06:51 AM
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I do what I love. Sometimes you pay for it by spending too much time away from family and friends and god knows that can take a heavy toll on relationships. AIDS is prevalent in the industry (Aviation Induced Divorce Syndrome) although I have fortunately avoided that one. Having also been involved in business, I would never go into politics and having been in politics, I would never go into business. Unless it were a 2 or 3 crew electrical contracting company. That was my second choice and it would have yielded a better quality of family life. Doing what you love doesn't mean it is perfect.
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I'd choose to inherit a few million so I could truly do what I love without having to work to do it. But in reality, my work ethic most likely wouldn't allow it. I'll probably be working long after I need to.
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Seriously, I'm tired of working right now. I could use an extended break to take care of myself, rest up and restart.
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Unrealistic:
- Astropsychonaut, charged with heading into space to bioassay the effects of hallucinogens and psychedelics in zero-G, off the earth.
- Emperor of the Earth. I believe I would be fair and benevolent dictator.

Realistic:
- Itinerant bicycle mechanic. It's what I'd planned to be doing now, except I was offered a deal I couldn't refuse ($$$) to get back into publishing. For a while. I'm still sorting out my lifestyle and saving toward my goal of becoming mobile, with seasonal jobs North and South, advanturing off-season, in between semi-regular gigs.
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I'd do what I want when I want. The biggest problem with "work" is having to do it all the time... that can take the shine off of anything you might enjoy.
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I teach and the college level and like it. If I could do anything, I'd probably still be teaching, but have job security (have tenure rather than being on a year to year contract) and maybe be teaching somewhere where a significant portion of my students aren't working full time 2nd or 3rd shift to pay for college and support their families. On the other hand, even if those folks don't have the time to put in they're driven and many will try and if I got rid of those, I'd just have more of the entitled kids who don't care. When I was younger, I liked playing volleyball and wished I was good enough to play it professionally. Then I found out that even had I grown another 6-8" and been a lot better, except for the very top pro's, playing professionally doesn't mean you make enough to live on without a second job. If I could get paid for staying home, playing with the kids, and just generally hanging out, I'd do that.
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I actually like what I currently do. I didn't when I first switched careers, but over the long term it's been quite enjoyable. What drives me, and needs to be part of my job, is the need to 'win' (as in finding ways to win in competitive bidding situations, or resolving difficult situations), and the second thing is that I love teaching people what I know. I'm in a position where there are fewer 'experts' which means there's a need to transfer knowledge effectively over the next 5 to 10 years. Basically to get us past the demographic drain with boomers retiring.
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Be retired.


Working part time at a bike shop would be cool with me too.
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Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
To be honest I've never really had a passion for anything. I have hobbies I enjoy, but I don't enjoy any of them so much that I'd want to make a career out of them. My interests come and go. I always seem to return to photography, bicycles, and drawing/painting, but I'm not interested in any of them all of the time. I think if I had to choose any of those things as a profession, I'd hate it within a few months.
My thoughts exactly. I've been pretty good at some things and really enjoy some hobbies, but nothing I would passionately want to be truly great at. Even at my current job, I look at the people at the next level up and I really don't want to be that engrossed in the field. I did 20 years in the military as an officer, and got to a point where I didn't even try to get promoted. I saw those more senior jobs and what it takes to reach that level and decided I wasn't interested. If could do anything it would probably be teaching History at a small university or JC and coaching HS football. Either that or buying, restoring and flipping houses.
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Helicopter pilot.

Vintner.

The fourth presenter/test pilot on Top Gear. I think that I could do supercars justice.

If I could find a way to maintain sufficient income working from the road, I'd be on my motorcycle somewhere else right now.

I've only worked eight of the last 15 years, so I could travel.
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