When Dreams Conflict with Reality

I have reached a junction in my professional career and am currently faced with two roads to choose from: continue working my 'dream' job or move on to a more realistic path...

All throughout my working life, I have always prioritized great work over monetary compensation; the chance to make a difference in people's life over fringe benefits; the challenge to build a brand over glamor and/or personal recognition... As a life-time student of the art of Branding, I am a firm believer in the notion that personal gratification comes from knowing you have done 'something' to change people's lives and make them better, as opposed to how much money you have raked in.

I have been blessed with multiple opportunities to have worked for and with the biggest brands known to mankind. Knowing that I have, in own little way, contributed to the development and growth of these brands gives me a natural high, and seeing them appreciated by the consumers just gives me that unadulterated sense of success...

I have also been opportune to have created my own brand - a hip-hop brand of clothing that is, until today, a thriving business. Albeit I have moved on, the sense of having done something for today's youths will always be with me and will always make me look back and say to myself, "not bad"...

I left the clothing company to work for the one brand that I have, for years, been a marketing slave to. When Jordan Brand came calling, I did not think twice and jumped at the opportunity to be involved with one of my longest passion, my addiction... Despite the fact that a future with the organization was not promised and despite getting only half of the pay I was getting in my previous employment, I still went ahead and accepted the offer because to me, this was my dream job...

On a rotating 6-months contract, I traveled all over Asia trying to ascertain the best and most suitable city to house the JB headquarter, should and when they finally decide to have an Asian operation. The work was tiring, to say the least. This was not what I envisioned myself doing; I wanted to play a part of the marketing process in building the brand in Asia and I was not doing any of that!

What then did my dream job actually do for me? For my mental development? For my career? It saddens me to say this but they actually haven't done anything! Yes I got to travel for free and stayed in 5 star hotels but I have been doing that even if I didn't take this job. Yes I got free stuff but I have been a loyal consumer of the brand before I took the job! What opportunities and challenges can my dream job offer me? Hmm...

I am a dreamer but I also live in the real world. I am now faced with the unenviable task of deciding whether to continue with my dream job even if it doesn't give me the satisfaction and challenges that I have always aspired. Or should I leave and seek these challenges somewhere else?
My recruitment agency has outlined a few prospective employers for me and from what I hear, they're very keen to meet up and explore the possibilities of me joining them. They are all Multi-National Organizations with global brands under their portfolios - a very good fit with what I have always aspired in my professional career.

Should I go or should I stay?

Should I continue with the dream or should I start living reality?

Only time will tell...

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