Still, I do have a few series’ I never miss, such as Parenthood.
If you’re a Parenthood fan, you know this is their last season. I’ve been a faithful viewer since the beginning, growing to love this close-knit Bay Area family. So many storylines, such great characters and the writers really capture the struggles of modern-day family life.
Perhaps it is the place I currently find myself with career and kids, but I’ve been particularly captivated by the recent story playing out around Crosby and his failing business venture. He and his brother, Adam, took a risk and dumped all of their savings into building out their own recording studio. In recent months, business has gone bust and they’ve been left to pick up jingle business – any business – just to keep the lights on.
Crosby’s wife, Jasmine, recognizing the financial strain, elected to pick up an office job to make ends meet. She has dreams of opening her own dance studio, but said her time to fulfill that dream will come someday in the future.
All of this talk of career dreams and finances had me thinking about the own choices we make to somehow balance the need to support our families, but also the desire to perform work we love.
A recent Forbes article notes the millennial generation especially seeks work that gives them purpose. They desire an environment offering flexibility, opportunities to volunteer, and an organization founded on making a difference.
Can Corporate America deliver? Or must one go solo to build his or her job utopia?
Over the past several years, I’ve definitely witnessed a shift in how people view careers. More and more, entrepreneurs are celebrated and we find ourselves rooting for the individual building something from scratch, abandoning corporate and following their dreams. Perhaps that comes in the form of opening a bakery, starting a jewelry line, establishing an agency, or in Crosby’s case, running his own recording studio.
But we of course know there are risks. If you have a family, you need to ensure you can pay the bills, afford healthcare and save for a rainy day.
We certainly glamorize following dreams. If we could all do the work we are passionate about, we’d have a much more engaged community.
So as I think about my next career steps, I am torn. Do I wildly pursue a dream job and hope and pray it will support my family? Or do I focus on stability and ensure the family is taken care of above all else?
I’ll be curious if Crosby and his brother find a storybook ending and if their business miraculously takes a turn. Or will it be time to throw in the dream towel and find something safer with a steady, consistent paycheck?
Ideally, we all would get both, right?
As for me … well, I’m going to continue rooting for the dreamers and quietly pursue my own, on the side. I’m thankful to have a great job that allows me to leverage my skills, and sleep soundly knowing my family is taken care of financially, emotionally and beyond.
Where do you fall on the dreamer/stable career line spectrum?
Does having a family influence the career choices you make?