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Did you ever find your calling? Or, are you still looking?

Have you been satisfied with a field of work? Or, are you still looking for the "right thing?"

Ever career change?

I've had two major career paths. A business major who was in Project Coordination & Social Work, then Finance... went to teaching. And, none was my "calling." Perhaps there is no such thing, but I haven't ever had a very fulfilling career that felt like a good fit. You?

silvereyes 8 Mar 21

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Not really just sampling a few ideas but I wanted to be a lawyer of some sort. But as for this site I think this is my true calling

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Property developmemt and real estate is my dream along with being obscenely rich.

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I have call waiting. I think my calling is retirement.

jeffy Level 7 Mar 22, 2018
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Still looking... nah... gave my last career 50+ years... enjoyed it from the get go, (90% of the time) retired 10 years ago, got bored, went back to it, found I was still pretty good at it. Retired again 2 years ago.
Like what you do, do what you like n don't make "work/job" of it.

Tomas Level 7 Mar 22, 2018
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Yes low and behold it was retirement

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I found “a” calling, but it turned out to be someone else’s and when I tried to return it, they refused to take it back.

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No! Unless, my calling is to be retired. I was happy for many years as a software engineer. But memory issues and of course other medical problems changed my perspective. Now I am writing and trying out some new things to see how my creative side can be a new career path. Still working on it. But in all my years, I was never sure that I knew what I wanted to do. I always felt like there was something more that I could have done.

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From advertising career to career in music at the age of 25. Definitely found my calling. Gave up money for passion. Still playing. Never looked back. 🙂

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Yes. When I was a boy of about 10, my mother took me to a radio station and their morning DJ showed me around. From that moment on, I was hooked. When I was 20, I got my first job in radio. I was a disaster, of course, but I stuck with it. Within 10 years, I was the top rated DJ in my market. It was a time when radio was still important, before Ipods, when cars only had cassette players in them. The record companies treated me very well, I was able to meet, interview, hang with, and insome cases, party with a LOT of famous rockers. It was a fanatasy life for many years. I'm now out of the business but remember that time fondly.

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Retired but went from special education-teaching when social work was frozen in the state. Then burnt out from working with severely disabled kids went to business/marketing/pr for solar energy firm which led to DOE-NE Solar Energy Center-when Reagan cut funding we were all let go and I got into sales/recruiting/outside sales//sales representative till I was forced to retire 6 years ago. I was very successful and won numerous sales awards including Sales Rep of the Year for Gund in 2008. True calling? You're so young @silvereyes. I didn't have my first career job till my 30s. You'll figure it out

Ya but I didn't find the right fit till 34. Found something I liked and was good at.

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My calling is to be a lead singer in a rock n roll band and have lots of groupies. Instead, I am a teacher in a state that pays teachers the least. No groupies by the way.

Same thing. LOL.

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I’m still looking for my calling if there is such a thing.

At my current age of 47 I’m beginning to think I don’t have one as such. But I am thinking that my current job as a train driver isn’t really it. So I’m going to retire on my 56th birthday and follow my own peculiar dream.

A coffee and bookshop in the Scottish highlands. On the North Coast 500 route, offering refreshments and knowledge.

It’s going to be rather tricky as the area is very Free Presbyterian. I’m happy to respect their beliefs as long as they respect my lack of beliefs. And my shop will never stock any religious tracts. Science fiction, science fact, fantasy, history, local interest and that is about it.

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My work history is long and somewhat boring. LOL! TBH, I still don't know what I wanna be when I grow up. I have some fantasies about what I'd LIKE to do, but in my current situation they are rather unrealistic. On the plus side, I am earning more than I ever have before and there is some potential for me to earn more. I am also building a retirement, so maybe when I "retire," I can look into something more fulfilling. Some things I have fantasized about:

Being a Novelist
Owning and operating a Gym
Owning and operating a Pub

As more of a fun job, in retirement, I wouldn't mind working in HI or Disneyland/WDW around vacationers. I think it would be great fun to work (part-time) in a resort/vacation environment.

Ok, replying to myself here (and anyone who will listen). My post-retirement "dream job" I think would be as one of those white hat security/ambassador guys (typically older dudes) who walk around the Disney parks. They are technically security, but are constantly answering questions about the parks. I'd excel at this. I know DL and Disney Calif Adventure like the back of my hand. Pretty familiar with WDW too. So if any of you are in a position to hire me in this capacity, speak up! LOL!

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I was paid for over 20 years by educational institutions, variously putting in up to 50 hours a week, teaching Friday evenings and Saturday classes, sitting on numerous committees (and chairing some), creating classroom and online classes in three divisions, discussing communication in written, oral, and interpersonal form every step of the way, and not one day was work. I am now embarking on my last "calling" as friend, helpmate, and lover to an amazing person with whom I expect to spend our days in each other's arms. Here's to us, Vin!

I'll drink to that. Clink

@DharmaBum50 ?

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I’d say I’m in the right calling but it has several pathways that each are enjoyable, medical science/public health/infectious diseases/pathology— all of it is ridiculously enjoyable to me.

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Being self employed was my answer to fullfillment, Iwould not change a thing

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I don't think I have ever found my calling. I'm not sure exactly what a "calling" is but I know many of us are looking for it. What I have found instead is something that I cannot put a name on. I can look backwards in my own life and see why I did something at the time that I did it. I only know this today and would not have known it then. I know it today because I am honest with myself and I make no excuses because I am only revealing what I find to myself and not to others. Much of this is not pleasant. It also reveals actions at a basic level. Down deep we are all influenced by feelings and sayings that are almost tribal. We can learn from this but to do so we must be honest with ourselves. Drop the mask of the myth of self and underneath you find a totally different self and the principals that the self operates on.

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Being a french prostitute in Paris didnt work out when i was bumming around Europe, so i decided to finish medical school.

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Found one of them.
I'm currently employed in the area of my calling and loving it.

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Still looking

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No, still looking.

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Many are called, but few are chosen. I have had many walks down many paths. No regrets here. I am still walking and still finding more paths to follow. Life truly is a river.

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I kinda know how your feeling since I finished school well even before than I went from shop assistant cleaner tour guide train driver youth worker fencing removalist land scapper patio installer trades assistant project manager researcher admin receptionist and Im 37yrs I've never been settled I've enjoyed all those titles but never felt I belonged but I have been awakened and enlightened and feel I've tested my destined path but I couldn't find the sign let alone the gate of entry now I know I'm nearly touching the gate in this darkness I'm just waiting for someone to turn the light on for me to find the gate to my path of fulfilment pleasure freedom exploring limitless boundless inhabitant journey

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Yes!!! For most waking hours of my life as a sculptor. You can not master life without loving what you do.

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Still looking, doubt I will ever find it

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