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21. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

Hi Ahila,

You bring up an excellent "hypothetical question", and one that I have been dealing with myself for about a year now. I have, by most accounts, an amazing job. I work in a very laid back work environment, have been here long enough to where I am fairly good at what I do and am the most senior employee in a small 5 person company. I don't get paid too poorly and for the most part, on a day-to-day basis, I really enjoy coming into work.

But still something nags at me. I have this overwhelming feeling that what I do is not my "true calling", nor what I envision myself doing when I am say, 40 or 50 years old. As I mentioned, I do enjoy coming to work (which may be rare), but yet I don't think I actually enjoy what I do all that much. I guess in summary, my job is convenient for me and I have grown perhaps too comfortable with this. I don't think I strive for anything greater than I have already acheived here.

Compounding the situation, for the past several years I have taken off bits of time to travel. I have become obsessed and don't really think I can put this behind me. And what I've also realized is that it is not merely the traveling that I enjoy so much, but also the research, the planning and the dreaming that keep me going. And I enjoy talking travel to others who are embarking on their own trips nearly as much as I enjoy dreaming about my own.

And so I am now looking at travel companies that plan adventure or solo travel. And I should clarify, it's not that I want to be a "guide" or travel for a living. I just want to find a job, where travel is my business at home, but also one where I am given time to travel on my own accord.

My parents used to tell me when I was young, "find a job that you enjoy and you'll never have to work a day in your life." This is fine advice, but under my current circumstances, I also have to wonder, is the grass always going to be greener on the other side? Would leaving what I already have prove to be a big mistake? Afterall, I do enjoy what I do; I just greedily want more.

Okay, that was a bit of a ramble. If you made it this far; to answer your question: what would I do? What I am now doing is exploring my options. If I can find something worth taking the risk, I'll take it.

22. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Ahila

I think bad managers are a product of a bad environment. Such environments bring out the worst, in some people. They would be more subdued, in a healthier environment, where certain behaviour is unacceptable.

Work place politics is often silly bickering and petty minded nonsense. The way I used to handle it, was to allow it to take as little of my time and attention away from my work as possible. Put on blinkers, and focus on making your work excellent. At the same time keep half an ear on what is going, in case u need to protect yourself.

But dont fret, too much about the bad managers. The managers where I worked gave me excellent reviews and references. I think this is because of the standard of my work and my attitude. I did not expect such reviews and reference, since the managers always seem to be complaining at me and creating a pain in the ass, for me. The references I got would sell me, to a lot of companies, if that is what I want.

Mel

23. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting john7buck

And what I've also realized is that it is not merely the traveling that I enjoy so much, but also the research, the planning and the dreaming that keep me going. And I enjoy talking travel to others who are embarking on their own trips nearly as much as I enjoy dreaming about my own.

That's really quite perfectly put, John. It's everything, isn't it - from deciding where to go, to buying a guide book, to searching for transportation, looking for places to stay, trying to fit everything in, talking about it, comparing notes...all of it makes up a trip. So even if you go away for 2 weeks, you've got months of it on the mind. It's truly wonderful. You've said it precisely.

24. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Quoting john7buck

And what I've also realized is that it is not merely the traveling that I enjoy so much, but also the research, the planning and the dreaming that keep me going. And I enjoy talking travel to others who are embarking on their own trips nearly as much as I enjoy dreaming about my own.

That's really quite perfectly put, John. It's everything, isn't it - from deciding where to go, to buying a guide book, to searching for transportation, looking for places to stay, trying to fit everything in, talking about it, comparing notes...all of it makes up a trip. So even if you go away for 2 weeks, you've got months of it on the mind. It's truly wonderful. You've said it precisely.

I think it also becomes an obsession. My family don't seem to understand why, when I just return from a travel, I am immediately planning my next travel. My father even says that one must learn to be content in life. I feel that traveling is just something that makes you live in this world, rather than exist.

Good luck, John... Hope you find something worthy soon! :)

25. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I also have to wonder, is the grass always going to be greener on the other side? Would leaving what I already have prove to be a big mistake? Afterall, I do enjoy what I do; I just greedily want more.

How will you ever find out, if you don't take a look on the other side?

If I learned anything the last few years it would be that everybody has doubts, on almost anything. People that say they don't are liars.

On bad managers, and getting good reviews: could it be that 90% of the managers only tell things, that are not going well, but don't give you credits when you are doing something good. As good seems to be the standard, a lot of managers don't seem to communicate at all, when everything is going the way it should be.

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