Even Paul McCartney Has Work Dreams

By: Carrie Buchanan


Carrie Buchanan

I watched this video of Paul McCartney, on late night tv, talking about having dreams about John Lennon.

Then I caught something he said.  He has dreams about his bass being wrapped up in tape and he can’t access it. He can’t play it.


This guy plays music for a LIVING! It’s his JOB!  Paul McCartney has those terrifying work dreams too!

How cool is that.  He is like the rest of us.

Have you ever had a work dream? I have them. Thankfully, not a lot. Because they are the WORST dreams ever.

I work in radio. We play music.  I have dreams of being locked out of the station.  I have dreams of songs running out and having nothing ready to play. I have dreams of showing up hours late to work or on location remotes.  THE WORST DREAMS ARE WORK DREAMS!


According to this article on Monster.com – if you’ve ever had dreams (or nightmares) about your job, you’re not alone.

According to a professional dream analyst and author of Dream On It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life, the reason we dream about work is because we dream about things that are on our minds, or situations that are troubling us the most. And because we spend the majority of our day at work, it makes sense that work shows up in our dreams.

What do workplace dreams really mean? And can you learn something from them and actually make improvements to your career?

Running late – Running late is a common theme, especially for people who have jobs in which they are frequently up against a deadline. If you’re having a lot of those missing-a-meeting dreams, it could be a signal that you’ve got a lot on your plate, either at work or in your personal life.

Showing up to work naked –  “Naked dreams come about when we’re having concern or anxiety about being in a situation in which all eyes are on us,”  The idea of feeling exposed or concerned about how you look to others.

Workplace nightmares – If you’re having frequent nightmares about workplace violence or fighting with people in the office, it’s a sign that your emotions are overwhelming you in some way. Take that seriously. It could be a call to action telling you to deal with a situation that’s weighing on your mind.

Work dreams aren’t always about work. Sometimes a situation or conversation in a dream is a stand-in for something happening in a different setting.

Some exercises to help you remember and understand your dreams:

Write in a journal before bed.

When you wake up, take a few minutes to let your dream come back to you. Write down what you remember and think about what it could mean.

Dreams are not telling you what will happen in the future, but they can tell you how you’re feeling.”


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