Why you'll end up in the wrong job

Alaina Love

“I’ve been in this field for the last 15 years, and I have to admit that I’m miserable.”

I listened with sadness as Josh voiced his dismay over how he ended up feeling this way about a career that began with such promise.

Now a 39-year-old senior accountant in a leadership position for a mid-sized firm, Josh enjoys a loyal client base and a lucrative income. He’s lucky to like his co-workers and get along well with the company’s CEO. Just last year, he built a new house in a great neighborhood, and is proud to be able to take his family on an annual vacation to a white-sand Caribbean beach. By all outward appearances, Josh has made it.

“I know that I should feel grateful that I’ve been able to parlay my college degrees into a fruitful career, but more and more, I’m just feeling lost," Josh shared. “It’s like I’m living someone else’s life. And the scary thing is that I’ve felt this way off and on for the last 7 years, but this time it’s different. It feels like I shouldn’t ignore it.”

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