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April 22, 2011

Got A Dream Job In Mind? Make It Happen!

Sometimes as a writing assignment, I will have my students write about their dream job. They usually start off with something like...

..."something that is easy and pays a lot" but after I do my best to get them to think past what they would get out of it and toward what they would actually do, their brains actually start working.

Have you thought about what you would do if you had no financial obligations? I tell my students that even if they had unlimited money, they would still get up in the morning and want to do something.

This is a wonderful pace to begin thinking about what we just plain love to do and would do even if we didn't have to earn money.

Finding your purpose takes real work - but it is certainly worth it.

The Japanese have a word for this. Ikigai (pronounced ee-ki-guy), is used to describe ‘why I wake up in the morning’.

Here's a website that will help you clarify your life's direction - http://career.worklifegroup.com/graduate/ikigai-or-why-i-wake-morning-42.html.

GOOD magazine has a current project where they urge us all to consider what we would most love to do. What would be our dream job?

If you have a dream job, something you would do no matter what, take a look here and send in your idea of what kind of work gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning - http://www.good.is/post/project-design-your-dream-job-and-we-ll-help-make-it-happen/.

You only have until May 5, so send your 150 word (maximum) description here - http://good.submishmash.com/Submit/4825/Account.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at April 22, 2011 11:21 AM

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