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I used to think that there was one magical, mystical “dream job" waiting out there for me somewhere… All I had to do was find it. Related: 3 Tips For Finding A Purpose-Driven Job Yet, as I look back over my journey, I see that's not the case. Not even close. I've even talked to people in their 40's and 50's who are still looking for their “dream job." Like there's a paradise waiting for us somewhere out there... Off in the distance. We catch a glimpse of it now and then… But a glimpse is all we ever get. We're forever chasing the dream. In a moment, I'll tell you how to win this little game, but first...

Let's Talk About The Journey

What I've come to learn is that this idea of one ultimate “dream job" is a representation of the typical cliche: “It's the journey, not the destination." We'll aim for a goal, achieve it, and then be miserable again within a month. We're always looking for the next thing… the ultimate destination… when really, it's about appreciating what we've worked so hard to have right now, and following our heart.

The 3 Stages of Your Dream Job Journey

In my experience, I've found there to be three distinct stages of your dream job journey - and knowing them will help you recognize where you are right now, and how you can get to the next level.

Stage 1: The Calling

This stage is the very beginning of your journey. Through frustration with your current career, or perhaps a moment of inspiration, you have a vision of what your life could be… And you make a choice to pursue it, no matter the cost. You feel called to become the best version of yourself, and find and get your dream job.

Stage 2: Landing Your Dream Job

Your journey to find and get your dream job comes to an end, as you finally achieve the goal you set out for. For a time, things are good. But then, you come to a shocking realization… You can do more! This job, this “dream job" is great, but you still have the desire to grow and become more. Upon making this realization, you come to my favorite stage, which is...

Stage 3: Iterate And Improve

You've reached your goal, and as a result you now have the confidence to believe that anything is possible. Anything you set your mind to, you can achieve… so the question becomes, what's next? You get rid of the notion of one final and ultimate “dream job", and instead focus your attention on following your heart, and doing whatever you makes you happiest and serves the world the most. Those are what I believe to be the three stages of your dream job journey, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this as well. Where are you in your journey? For more free info on how to find and get your next dream job, you can check out the free video I put together alongside my mentor here. It contains three practical job tips you can apply today to get noticed by some of the most inspiring companies in the world.

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About the author

Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world's best employers and get your dream job. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a CAREEREALISM-approved expert.
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