If what you work on isn't your dream job, then read on...
Yes, most of us aren't in our dream jobs yet, whether it is running a school in India, opening a restaurant in backwaters of Kerala, becoming a professional soccer player/photographer/dog groomer/painter).
My dream job is to run a school in India and it'll take me few more years to get there. The question I ask myself everyday is what should I do till then? How can I make the most of the next 5 - 10 years "working" towards my dream job?
Here's how I look at it...
1. Find work I want to do
Find my organization's priorities and
- get involved in areas that I'm passionate about (maximize my time here)
- develop in areas that I'm not as good at or as interested in (its work after all!)
2. Make work I want to do
Make my interests public and "create" opportunities at work by influencing/exploring unchartered territories - "create my own workplace here"
3. Ignore everything else
Why should I spend any minute on something that's not important to me and the organization