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Is the 'Dream Job' Real? Or a Mirage?

Dream JobWhen I think of "dream job," the first thing that comes to mind is an episode of the old TV sitcom Cheers in which barfly Norm Peterson, who never drank a beer he didn't like, lands a job as — a beer taster. Most of us can envision our own version of a dream job — the job that would stoke our passions, motivate us to the fullest, and put a spring in our step when we get out of bed each morning. But is there such a thing?

In my experience, even so-called dream jobs can lose their allure. Personal case in point: I was once a sports reporter for a daily newspaper — a dream role for me, being a rabid sports fan. I was being paid and having fun.  But after a while, some of the stuff I was doing became less challenging and sometimes even less invigorating. The fun wore off and the "dream job" became just a job. I knew it was time for a change, so I wrote a new resume and launched a job search.

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