Firefighter: It’s Just Another Job…Isn’t It?

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When it comes to choosing a career path, there is a wide range of occupations, and motivations that contribute to the final decision. 

 

Should you follow your heart and look for a job that will inspire creativity and drive your passion? Should you chase money and aspire to climb a corporate ladder in hopes of becoming ridiculously wealthy? Or perhaps you could weigh your options and land somewhere in the middle of those two ends of the spectrum.

 

For many people, landing somewhere in the middle is as good as it gets. After a few years of exploration and experimentation in their early twenties, they will decide it’s time to stop messing around and  “get a real job”, and they’ll just fall into the first decent paying profession they can find. While that is certainly not the most interesting way to live your life, it may be just enough to pay the bills for a few decades until it’s time for retirement. Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a miserable way to spend a third of my life.

 

Money and passion shouldn’t be the only two factors that you consider when looking for a job. They are important, but they are not the only two things to look at. Thus, I offer a different way of looking at choosing your career. In a recent interview with Andrew Huberman, Dr. Peter Attia details different aspects of a person’s mental health that make up an emotionally balanced individual. I would argue that there is a direct correlation to how many of these overlap with the profession one chooses and their ability to achieve long term happiness. Consider these factors when choosing your profession:

  • Social connection 

  • Sense of purpose

  • Experiencing fulfillment

  • Experiencing satisfaction

  • Being present

 

Obviously I’m biased because I love being a Firefighter. However, I can say without any uncertainty that the profession of Firefighter offers ample opportunity to satisfy each of the factors listed above. 

 

The Takeaway

Choosing a career is not a meaningless endeavor. Your career is a huge part of your life, and if your goal in life is to find sustained happiness, then finding a suitable career should be at the top of your list. Look for a career that offers you the ability to achieve a balance. I can say first hand that being a Firefighter offers exactly that.