Tag: WhoAmI

Because I’m HAPPY!

 

I have been thinking about what happiness really means for quite some time.  Was it to have enough money?  Was it to work in a job that you truly enjoy doing?  Was it finding the right partner?  Was it being healthy?  It was NONE of these things!

Happiness is to be positive, to be humble, kind, forgiving and grateful.  Happiness is to give, and not to receive.

You see, happiness is not something that you can buy with money.  Happiness is what you make of the challenges life presents.  For the first time in many years, I am starting to feel what it is like to be happy again, and although this did not come entirely from within myself, it was a conscious decision.

Can other people make you happy?  Yes and no.  Let me start with the “no” part: If you are not happy with and within yourself, nothing will make you happy.  Now let’s look at the “yes” part.  Other people can’t make you happy per se, but, they can influence your decision to be happy.  You see, positive and happy people are contagious, so if you are already working on your happiness, all it takes is one happy person to be that catalyst and you can unlock your happiness from within.

I recently met a happy person.  A person who is at peace with themselves, the decisions and even mistakes they made in the past, and generally has a positive and can-do attitude towards everything they do.  It’s a person that is funny, positive and who appreciates what they have.  I have been looking for such a person because they are few and far between, but now that I found this person, they brought out the happiness in me too.

You can also be happy.  Everyone can!  Make the decision, think positive thoughts, and go out and look for people that are truly happy.  You can spot them a mile away!  Associate yourself with them, spend time with them, and get to know them.

The silent battle inside my head in finding my dream job…

I have this dual going on inside my head.  Or is it a dual between my heart and my head?  I don’t know, but I felt the need to write about it.

I have applied for several different positions at several different cruise lines, and at some point or another, the response is exactly the same from the recruiters: “We have other candidates who are stronger for the position.”

On the flip side, I know that each and every position I have applied for, I can do the job for the most part, and I am willing to learn the part which I am not able to do yet.

The question is, where am I failing to convince the recruiters of this?  I know what my capabilities are, I know that I am a fast learner and that I can do just about anything I put my mind to, but I also know that I do not apply for positions that I don’t know for sure I will not be successful in.  Why would I set myself up for failure?

Over the weekend, my mom saw that I was becoming disheartened by the repeated failures, and her wise words to me were: “It means the time is not right, and it is not yet meant to be.”

That gave me the encouragement and confidence to keep on going at it.  My logic says that at some point, someone will see the potential in me that I know I have – and I am not being over confident or arrogant, I know myself, and I know my capabilities better than anyone else, and I know that I would do well in the jobs I apply for.

I also remain thankful that I am not unemployed at the moment, as I can imagine that this process must be ten times worse when you are hard up for a job.

Nobody has ever achieved anything by quitting, so I intend carrying on and working at achieving this dream of mine.  I WILL  succeed!

 

The answer

I have been told by recruiters and in prospective job interviews (both recently and a few years ago) that I had too many interests listed on my CV or résumé.

It’s been a question I have been asking myself for many years, even when I was at school, as I couldn’t decide what I wanted to become one day or what career path I should take.  I think my parents would attest to this more than anyone else, as I think I have let them down a couple of times in my life, especially when I quit my university studies in my second year of Mechanical Engineering.

I was then going through some of my posts I shared on LinkedIn, and found this one which I posted a while ago, and only now did it really dawn on me that his was the answer to that question I have been struggling with for so long:

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And who other was holding the answer to my question than Walt Disney himself?

The risk with having so many interests, however, is that you become the proverbial Jack of all trades… (master of none).

I have decisions to make, on my future and on my career, and on making my dream to work for Disney Cruise Line a reality: which trade am I going to choose, and become a master in? (Or am I already a master in at least one?)…

Introduction to my journey to work for Disney Cruise Line

This is my first blog post about my journey to make my dream to work for Disney Cruise Line a reality.

If you haven’t read my about page, allow me to introduce myself:

I am a 37 year old guy who has been working in the corporate world for almost 11 years. My ultimate dream job is to work for Disney Cruise Line.

I have experience in retail as well as training facilitation and content development.

I am a driven, hard working and loyal individual who puts 100% into everything I do, both personally, emotionally and in my work.

I have a close family member, and recently, my life partner too, that works for Disney Cruise Line (DCL).  Ever since my cousin started working for DCL (many years ago), I have envied him, and wanted to work for them too.

I attempted applying for a job as a sound and lighting technician with DCL a couple of years ago, however, I completely lacked any experience or formal training in this field (although I had, and still have, a keen interest), so I did not even make it through to an interview.

In 2010 I had the wonderful opportunity to sail on the Disney Wonder for two cruises back to back, and got to experience the Disney Magic first hand.  Subsequently, I got another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2012 to do the cross-Atlantic cruise on the Disney Fantasy when the ship was first launched.  I’ll elaborate more about these two cruises in later posts.

It was during these two cruises that the dream of working for this wonderful company was strengthened and entrenched within me.

For many years, I have not done much to entertain that dream, as I always thought it was out of reach (for a variety of reasons).  Last year (2016), my life partner landed a job with DCL, and once more, the dream was awakened inside me.  I realised that the dream might not be out of reach after all.  In fact, I KNOW that the dream is possible.  ANY dream is possible if you want it bad enough and work hard in achieving it!

I have attempted applications for various positions again, none successful (yet), but more on that to follow in my next posts.

If you have any suggestions for topics of discussion, or to assist me on my journey, or would like to ask me any questions, please comment below, or get in touch on my Contact page.