Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Best Job in the World

Photo: CNN.com

Hello Optimists,

Job searching is pretty fierce these days. With unemployment lingering around 10% in the U.S., people are getting pretty desperate when it comes to finding work. But it seems like all hope isn't lost for those looking to find their dream job. You've probably heard last year about Australia's "best job in the world" campaign, in which the Australia Tourism Queensland was searching for someone to spend six months on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef and blog about it to promote tourism. Yeah, real back-breaking work that must have been. And if you think it couldn't get any better, the person was paid $140,000.

Well it seems that someone is out to bring that job some competition, if that's even possible. I found an article on CNN yesterday that almost topped the Australia project. So how would you feel about being a
Honeymoon Tester? Yes, you heard me, and it's exactly as it sounds. An Irish travel agency has a "job opening" in which the lucky employees will be whisked off to romantic locations for six months and blog about their experiences a few times a week. The couple will be paid $27,000- a mere drop in the bucket compared to the salary of the Australian campaign winner. But I think they'll be able to manage. There is pretty much nothing I'd rather do than be paid to "test" vacation spots...that's like being a permanent fixture in a Corona commercial. I don't exactly know how good "Honeymoon Tester" would look on a resume, but I'd accept this gig in a flash.

I'm pretty sure these employees will never suffer from the Monday Blues or even celebrate T.G.I.F., but I sure bet they will be excited for their job each and every day. But that's the reason this is the best job in the world. Now while we can't all be professional beach bums, we all have the potential to get into a career we love. If what we're doing doesn't excite us, we probably won't get very far. (After reading about this Honeymoon Tester job, I'm sure that nothing will excite us now, but still...) Anyway, I found a great quote that I thought would be the perfect pick-me-up that might help push away some of that jealousy we'll be feeling for those Honeymooners.

I feel sorry for the person who can't get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile. -Walter Chrysler
This is a really great quote and one that we should keep in mind all the time. If we're not excited about what we do for a living, if we're not happy to be walking into the office everyday, if we can't talk to our friends about the great things that are happening within our company, then we really never will be satisfied nor will we be able to achieve great things. This kind of ties back into my post about passion  from earlier in the week- we've got to give 100% and be confident in what we're doing.

So whether your employed, unemployed, or looking for a job, remember this quote and know how important it is to be excited about what you decide to do in life. We all look for satisfaction and achievement in all aspects of our lives, and being happy with our jobs is the best way to achieve these things in our professional life.

Keep Smiling,




P.S. Think this Honeymoon Tester job sounds too good to be true? Check out the article!

1 comment:

  1. I do agree that it is very important to be happy in what you do, but sometimes we just have to do what we an until something else comes along. We just have to remember to keep a look out for what is coming down the pike for us.

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