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Old 01-01-2014, 05:47 PM
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Default Do what you love

and you'll never have to work a day in your life.

My husband generally loves his job. He has said, on multiple occasions, that if he ever won the lottery and never had to work again, he'd still go in. My mom, on the other hand, has always cautioned me again working with animals. She is a vet tech, but I think that there are days, weeks, months, that she is totally burnt out on animals. She has always said that at the end of the day, it's all just a job.

Thoughts? Do you do what you love & love what you do? Is it just a job? Is it something you're good at, but not a real passion?

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Old 01-01-2014, 05:53 PM
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Mine is just a job. It's alright. Kind of boring but I love my group of coworkers and it pays the bills plus some. Without my job I wouldn't have been able to pursue a lot of what I want to pursue. Plus it's got benefits and all that jazz. I'm more or less content with it. Very happy that because I have a good job I can do things I've always wanted to do but wasn't able to because of money.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:54 PM
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IMe gree to a certain extent. I actually had a heated discussion with a friend about this not too long ago because she ridicules me for having a desk job and having a 9-5 every chance she gets while she works with animals.

Now, is this my dream job? No. But it's paying better than any other job I had before. I'm not "in the field" anymore, I'm not working for a non-profit but I enjoy my pay, no stress for the most part days, and a bunch of paid sick and vacation time. It allows me to not worry about money and have free time, especially on evenings, holidays, and weekends.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:57 PM
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Oh yeah my job is very stress-free 95% of the time, which is nice.

I wouldn't want to stay at a job I hated unless it was the only option (but I'd still be looking). But I don't think a job has to be your 'dream' to be a good job. And I think for a lot of people there's a point you have to grow up a bit and realize that at the end of the day bills need to be paid, you need to feed yourself, house yourself, etc. And you need a paying job to do that.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:21 PM
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Although I currently am a SAHM, I'm also a RVT. Never once was I bored and burnt out on working at the clinic. Depending on the day, I would be in the exam room with animals, manning the lab as lab tech (we did a lot of stuff in-house), working in surgery, or staying in the back overseeing and tending to all the treatments of the hospitalized dogs & cats (running fluids, doing insulin draws, pulling blood, cleaning cages-someone's gotta do it!, giving meds, etc.).

If I did have a bad day, or experienced any level of burn-out, it was directed at the human clientele. There were only so many days of calling pit bulls with the names of Kilo, Cocaine, Dimebag, MaryJane, Killer, BoneCrusher, Momma, etc. from the waiting room. I got tired of seeing said owners throw dying parvo pups onto exam tables by the scruff of their necks. I got tired of seeing 7/8-month-old puppies coming in with their ill-kept litters while the owners try to figure out how to get by with the cheapest treatment to maintain maximum profits, including letting the bitch die while keeping the pups alive. I got tired of clients whose dogs were dressed to the nines, including doggy tennis shoes, and then deal with them getting upset with us when they're precious princess or diamond try to bite through our jugular.

I never tired of the animals or the job itself. Just the idiots and morons and a-holes that walked through that door.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:25 PM
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I am a firm believer in work is work and not happy fun time.

I can't say there is a thing out there that would pay me what I mke now that I would love to do and it would not feel like work. Even working with animals is a lot of work and it burns you out on your own.

I do like my job. But if I won the lottery I'd be gone quickly. I'd love to have a small farm and raise some meat and do some horse boarding but money has to come from somewhere. So until I strike it rich I work to support it all and don't complain about it.

I know to many people that go from job to job because its not the dream job. Give it up already and work and live your life. Your not going to make 30/hr working at a nursery or get to only work at a vet that cares for just healthy animals(seriously?!).

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Old 01-01-2014, 06:40 PM
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My friends know me as a workaholic. It's true. I love my line of work. I love working on top of a roof all day long, in the sun, the rain, when it's freezing, and when it's 100 plus.

No matter what I'm doing, the day ends in an instant. Nearly 15 years in my job, there has never been a time I did not love my job. I've hated some aspects, mostly people. But the work itself? I will be a happy man if I could do this for another 30 years.

I had a brief time working in a warehouse job. It was just a job. The days went by quickly, but in a different way. It wasn't fun. I just shut my mind off and went to a happy place for the whole day as the job required no skill whatsoever.

But every day is a new day. I'm always going somewhere new, meeting new people, dealing with new challenges, working with new technology, learning new things, teaching new people, and every day is different from the last.

I wouldn't necessarily agree with the phrase, nor do I disagree with it. What I'm doing is work, and it feels like work. Before my current title, I'd come home covered head to toe in grease and dirt, arthritis in hands acting up badly, and exhausted. But I loved it, regardless, it was definitely work.

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Old 01-01-2014, 06:44 PM
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I am a firm believer in work is work and not happy fun time.
Ditto. I feel like some uncaring jerk for saying it, but it is the truth. We are going through all these interviews/surveys/etc at work, because they (shocker) finally realized that moral is really low and that they need to do something to stop the flood of people running out the door as the economy improves. When I sat down with my boss's boss, she kept asking what makes work fun for me, what makes it fulfilling. And there I sat saying "I don't care about work being fun or a social outlet. I need it to not be miserable, and I need to go home with enough money to pay my bills."

I worked in animals for quite a while. I taught dog training classes, I worked animal control, and I managed a horse farm. The fact that animals are my "passion" didn't make it suck any less to go out when it was 20 below zero and pull ice out of water buckets with my hands. I have things at home I love. I have passions I pursue after work and on the weekends. I have friends and social outlets. I need a job that pays me enough to enjoy them without stressing about money.

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Old 01-01-2014, 07:00 PM
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I love what I do - it's my calling and I find it rewarding and enriching. It's more of a lifestyle vs. a job. I'm on call 10 days (then have a four day weekend) and never know what the day might bring. It's stressful, sad with potentially long hours and little sleep but I never dread going to work. I certainly look forward to my four day weekends every other week, some weeks more than others, but I enjoy going in when I have to. I'm also rewarded with more than just my salary (car, gas, phone, discounted housing, health benefits, etc) and get to work everyday with my husband!

That said, if I won the lottery I wouldn't be too keen on working so much - but I couldn't quit my job entirely.

I have friends who took big promotions and moved across the country and hate it. They all say if they could do-over they'd choose to be closer to family and friends with less pay than move across the country again. You only get one shot to live the life that you want! Why sacrifice the important things (family, friends, etc) for a pay raise?!!

I know it's not possible for everyone but I do think it's important to enjoy what you do. I grew up with parents who hated their jobs. They are miserable on a day to day basis and live for the weekends. Not the lifestyle I crave, but they were able to adequately provide for their family and that's all that's important to them. I guess it's what inspired me, along with a myriad of crappy cubicle summer jobs, to go to college in search of a job I did enjoy.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:11 PM
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I've worked in both animal fields, and non animal fields (more on the low end of salaries).

I delivered pizza for about three years in one shop, and really enjoyed it. I actually made decent money (had more than enough to play with), but it wasn't too serious of a job. When I moved around I tried to continue delivering but loathed it, though those shops had a low-volume of deliveries, and thus wasn't as rewarding in pay. I also never developed a relationship with the other employees, and so it wasn't as socially rewarding.

I worked in a grocery store and wanted to jump off a bridge. Everyday I walked in there and looked at the sign as I walking up to the door and just HATED it.

Every single animal job I've ever had, I've enjoyed. A few did make me ultimately quit, but those were more for ethical reasons than not enjoying the work itself. I've been at my current job (pet store retail) for now my fourth year, and I do enjoy it, a lot. Although, even though I love aquarium fish, and I love knowledgeable people that are really into fish, I kind of hate talking to newbies about fish . No one understands, no one listens to me, I get to hand over these poor fish souls to these people who are absolutely going to kill them and the people don't really care. Had someone ask me for a goldfish to keep in a bowl, I tried to explain why this is bad, why goldfish can't live in bowls, and the girl says "Oh, well I don't need it to live for very long". It just gets tiring and repetitive. But, there are tons of 'pros' to my job, and I do love most of the people, and I love talking about dogs and dog food and enjoy doing the computer work and buying for the department and even doing inventory and tagging. It keeps me entertained while I'm there.
But I'm at the point where fighting for an extra $1 an hour in my paycheck is getting ridiculous, I'm almost ready to move on because I've plateaued.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd happily quit. If I could live on that money the rest of my life, I would probably live a quiet life in a modest house enjoying my hobbies and whathaveyou. If it would be better to make an investment, I'd likely look at opening a dog center, boarding and training and whatnot. I would absolutely have a manager to run the day-to-day.

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