Friday, September 12, 2014

A career with passion

Are you still in the midst of your career years? And are you searching for meaningful work that will make your heart sing and best use your skill sets and gifts? Perhaps you're searching for that dream career but have no idea anymore what your dream looks like.

You might consider several things as you search for that just-right career:

• What are you doing when you are completely absorbed in a project or task and lose all track of time? What does this tell you about your passion? About your gifts?

• What did you absolutely love doing when you were younger? Did you line up your dolls in a make-believe classroom and teach them? Did you love creating things in your father's workshop? Look at old photographs and remember what captured your imagination then.

• What pieces of a past or current job hold meaning for you? How might that translate into a career or job you would love?

What we have become competent doing isn't always an indicator of our passion or our dream job. So it's good to ask yourself some of these questions to see what emerges. I also highly recommend a book with its exercises as a helpful tool: Whistle While You Work: Heeding Your Life's Calling by Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro. The "Calling Card" exercise contained in the book is especially helpful.

Let me know if this is something you would like to discuss—or if you know someone else who may wish a complimentary strategy session about finding that dream career.

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