What’s your dream job?

i received a lot of great comments on my question of ‘where’s the leverage?’. this smart kid blogger in my neighborhood, ben casnocha, comments that you should be in it for the love of the game and not the fat paycheck and that the daily grind is part of the price.  while ben’s passion is admirable (at such a young age. i think he’s in high school) it doesnt ring true.  does richard branson have to make these tradeoffs? no. he has an awesome job where he can wake up every week and devine a new product to put his virgin stamp on; and he’s doesnt have to sell his ideas to anyone but the public.

maybe the right question should be ‘what’s your dream job?’.  i believe that for most entrepreneurs the dream job would be one where we get to come up with new ideas, have another team execute on them but maintain ultimate control over direction – ok being ceo of virgin wins hands down and probably for most entrepreneurs. 

9 thoughts on “What’s your dream job?

  1. yeah, sounds like you’re thinking of authoring and then selling business plans. how about that for a job?
    dunno, I’ve sorta been thinking about the secondary market for registered intellectual property. It seems there are hundreds of thousands of patents, products and designs out there looking for some direction.
    But hey, what’s my dream job? lots and lots of starts.

  2. My dream job is doing exactly what I am doing now (science), learning new things and making progress in fields as disparate as vision rescue and metabolomics. The only thing I would change is not having to worry about constantly applying for grants to continue the work as the grant application and competition process takes huge time away from the actual work. The solution I guess is to privatize part of the process by selling metabolomics as the next big thing (which it is) to pharmaceutical companies and agaronomics companies etc….

  3. I would distinguish between “job” and “work”. My job is what I do to get income. My work is what I do to benefit either myself or society. My “dream job” is to have no job; to have sufficient cash so that I can focus 100% on work that I choose on a daily basis, without having to waste any of my energy on raising money to support my work.
    Not having any luck with my search for such a dream job, half-time work is at least a poor-man’s version of a dream job, at least for me.
    Oh, and another rendition of a dream job: a steadily rising stock market (which you can easily leverage with options). That worked for a couple of years, but then “broke”.
    — Jack Krupansky

  4. I’ll tell you what isn’t my dream job… it is doing what I’m doing now; commuting every day to an insurance company to underwrite insurance policies.

  5. Dream job all the way: I used to work at a recruiting portal for college kids and that’s the mantra we went by. “Find Your Dream Job.” I was always careful to emphasize that this requires a bit of investment from the dream-job-seeker, though: think critically about what it is you’re going to do, and don’t be afraid to a) take risks in your work environment to make it what you want, and b) leave your current situation when better opportunities become available. Of course, this also means you should c) maintain a passive job search to see what else you could be doing.
    Then, there’s also the estimated 20-30% compensation bump that any truly skilled worker can command when transitioning between positions.
    In technology (or any knowledge-based profession, I guess) it literally pays to keep current. When I think of the great coders and designers I’ve worked with — the really good contributors — I see them as journeymen/women of sorts. They tend to push their own limits beyond what the project requires, so that they can be ready for the next one. They maintain themselves as “companies of one” of sorts — maintaining their communications and personal help-desk skills along with their core competencies. They also have a firm conceptual/theoretical grounding, so they can see how new tools and technologies fit into the larger problems (which tend to repeat themselves). People like this also tend to be self-directed: they see enough to know where they fit in, and where they can aspire to be. Why wouldn’t any employer want people like this? They are happy because they’re doing what they want, and they empower and inspire others. They are force multipliers.
    My attitudes towards job satisfaction are a little unconventional, though. Most people rail on management, but for me, here is another thing that I think most workers just take as gospel — the idea that you are somehow subjugated to your boss, or that you’re a tiny cog in some giant machine. I prefer to see my superiors as routers of information (and compensation — which, if you think about it, is labor converted into information anyway) and therefore subscribe to the concept of “managing up.” I think more people should be thinking, “You work for me,” when they see their bosses, rather than the other way around. (I also recommend that anyone who wants to complain about a manager, actually tries management for a while.)
    Anytime I see someone killing themselves over a job they hate, I just think, “Man, why don’t you just go do something you like?” When I see someone killing themselves over a job they love, I give them a slap on the back and say, “Good luck. Can I get you something to eat?” Life is too valuable to waste on anything that offers you no benefit — or costs you other benefits while you slog through.

  6. My dream job: essentially, what I’m doing now, but actually making enough from it to not worry about paying rent and bills every month. Translation: a combination of music, dance, writing, and perhaps acting.

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