Dear Son, no job is perfect. Many, not even close. The goal is to balance what you get to do with what you have to do. The “Get to do” should be at least 51%, versus 49% “Have to do”.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, consider creating it from the blueprints of your dreams.
Dear son, remember that friend I told you about that has something no one else on the team possesses (and everyone thinks they are unique, by the way)?
All teams consist of people with different, definable work experience attributes:
What most teams lack to some degree is a person who would do the job even if they weren’t paid. Someone who cares more, works harder, thinks deeper or reaches higher.
Dear Son, the only way to stand out in a sea of unremarkable sameness, is to study what makes it unremarkable and then experiment with the opposite. Pretty basic.
Your Dad spent an entire afternoon reading LinkedIn profiles, discovering a blinding flash of the obvious: All the profiles, with rare exceptions, say the same
boring thing, “I’m so smart. I’m so smart. I’m so smart”.