It's important to identify practical ways to find your life's passions. In this video, use exercises to uncover the type of people you want to work with, find your ideal work environment, recall childhood fantasy jobs, and notice patterns to get you in touch with the types of careers you want to pursue.
- It's now a given that each of us has the freedom to choose our own career, to determine what it is we love to do and pursue that. But many of us are uncertain about what that love, that passion, may be. We have lots of things we enjoy, but we just can't figure out a way to make a living doing them. For example, you might consider yourself a people person or know you're good listening or putting people together but don't know how to find or even describe the job that would let you utilize those skills. If you don't know what your passion is, I'm here to tell you it's okay. You're probably going to have many careers in your life, and each of them will presumably allow you to express your passion at that time, so don't worry. I want you to recall every career fantasy you ever had. Start with when you were a child and work your way forward in time, firefighter, dancer, cowgirl, or cowboy, everything. Picture yourself doing each of them. Notice the patterns and write them down. Maybe it's fighting danger, leading teams, building things. Make note of the activities that you thought would give you pleasure and satisfaction. Maybe it was working alone or traveling or being considered a leading authority in your field. These exercises should help you get in touch with the types of careers you will want to pursue in your life from now on. In my own life so far, I have been a television producer, a salesman, college professor, author, executive in the field of career training and development, et cetera. Each of those careers allowed me to express a passion I had at the time. Did each of them allow me to fully utilize everything I was passionate about? No, no job or career will let you use all your skills just as no relationship will fulfill all your needs. If you can't find what you love to do, find something you think you'd like to do and just get to work. In time, you will discover the things you love and were meant to do.
- Understanding the 21st-century workplace
- Identifying your monetizable passion
- Knowing how to interview well
- Managing your search for work
- Negotiating salary
- Becoming a lifelong learner