Why Journey of Jobs? May 20, 2016

Why Journey of Jobs?

So here I am writing about what I plan to do once I graduate college.

Since high school I have always had my set answer whenever someone asked me this question. It would vary slightly based on whom I was talking to but it mostly revolved around wanting to work for a large, well known company that would provide an even larger salary. After receiving a phone call from my brother one night that all changed.

I was listening to a voice filled with sadness. Recently graduated and overcome with depression, my brother talked about how miserable he was in his corporate finance job. This was the job that people had said he would find success and satisfaction. The job that he had been preparing for the last four years of his life. He had listened so much to what other people had defined the American Dream as that he forgot to stop and think about what it meant to him. It hit me at that point how so many of us often fall into the habit of allowing others to define success that we fail to find out what it means for ourselves.

Coming from Africa, having lost everything, everyone had always told my brother and I to achieve the American Dream. That night I lay awake wondering “What is the American Dream? Why am I trying to pursue this goal? And how do I achieve it?”

By the morning I had my answer. Just not to the questions I had been thinking about all night.

After graduating college, I will begin a journey, learning a new job at a different business in each of the 50 States. By working and living alongside men and women in pursuit of their American Dream, my goal is to motivate others to achieve their own.

It is necessary to have inspiration as we journey through life. Nothing is more encouraging than seeing individuals who have found their joy and purpose in following their dreams. Journey of Jobs will help navigate people to what career aligns best with their passions based on observing the success of others living out their American Dream. By exploring different states, a variety of professions, and a range of lifestyles, we can better impact the world by finding and doing work that excites us. No matter what phase of life you're in, I hope that through my experiences you can discover your own path to personal freedom. 

"Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as they are showing you the way." ~Blue Like Jazz