From: Drake Baer, FastCompany (edited)
It's the general traits of lifestyle that bring people satisfaction not the specifics of a given job.
So if autonomy, connection, adventure, or influence are the qualities that you worship in your own private shrine, look for gigs that provide those
From: Cal Newport (edited)
I want to share with you the unique law I use to guide my life: Fix the lifestyle you want. Then work backwards from there.
There are many other words of wisdom but they don’t direct you to a life that you’re happy to live. My advice does.
What do I mean by lifestyle? A detailed feel for what your day to day existence would be like. Some questions to consider:
How much control do I have over my schedule?
What’s the intensity level of my job?
What’s the prestige level?
What’s the importance of what I do?
What type of work?
Where do I live?
What’s my social life like?
What’s my work life balance?
What’s my family like?
How do other people think of me?
What am I known for?
Using these types of questions to guide you, construct an image of the ideal future you. Notice, specific jobs don’t need to enter the equation. They can if they help you visualize, but they aren’t necessary.
If the image makes you happy and gets you excited, you’ve hit on a good match.
Comment: You might not have a good idea of what a job is like before you are in it. Virginia Postrel notes that some jobs seem glamorous because of the way they are presented on TV. All of the tedium is edited out. But the closer you get to anything glamorous the more certain you are to see the mundane reality.
Here's an example of narrow vision. When you're young, you might not think much about money and family but when you're older and you are are married with a family and you're short of money, you're idea of a good job might be different.