Finding Your Ideal Career
In the current climate, many people are looking away from the traditional
job market towards working for themselves. The massive redundancies
and job-insecurity has caused many people to radically rethink their
career plans. With the ever rising cost of living, many would be
happy just earning extra money to support their family and to pay
In this article, you will discover what you really enjoy in life
and how to turn it into a money making opportunity, and perhaps
even a full-time career. Your only limitations are those you impose
upon yourself! At the very least, what you learn will help you to
be happier with your current job.
First of all, a little exercise to get you started. Make a list
of everything and anything you really enjoy and are passionate about.
This can be anything at all, from playing with Lego through to planning
projects or programming in Cobol. Write down everything you think
of, no matter how silly or pointless you think it may be. They are
all important and must be included on your list.
Go through the list and ask yourself whether you truly are passionate
about each one. Ask the question, “If someone offered to pay
me to do this, would I be happy?” If you would not, then cross
it off your list.
Look at each item on your list and ask yourself what you enjoy
about it. You may enjoy the peace and tranquillity of gardening,
or the fast paced life style of project management. Write this down
too by each item.
The why you enjoy it is very important because it gives you an
insight into your inner workings. When you understand what it is
that you enjoy about something, you can look at applying that quality
specifically to your life and current job to improve your happiness.
If you like peace and tranquillity but your job is hectic, you could
take time out for a walk in a park or to meditate to bring into
your job peace and tranquillity. You could make sure you take a
lunch break and switch off your phone.
Once you have identified the things you are passionate about, write
down next to each one how much time a month you currently spend
doing them. You may love surfboarding but only manage to go once
a month or you may be passionate about cooking yet have to live
on fast food because of your lifestyle.
From now on, make a commitment to yourself to spend time doing
the things you are passionate about every single month. You will
find that not only does your level of happiness improves, but your
energy increases and life feels so much better because you are doing
things that you love.
Carry your list around with you for at least a fortnight, adding
to it each time you think of something you are passionate about.
Then repeat the process above for each new item, analysing it and
understanding what it is you like about it.
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Do you have what it takes?
Whatever your current job situation, working for yourself can be
a very appealing option. But the question is, ‘do you have
what it takes to work for yourself?’ Not everyone does, but
the good news is that the necessary skills can be learnt by anyone.
To successfully work for yourself you need to have all of the following
skills to some degree. The better you are at each skill, the more
chance you have of being successful on your own.
Motivation: You must be able to motivate yourself and
to not rely on others to push you along. When you work for yourself,
there is no boss telling you what you need to do, when you need
to do it by, and providing you support and guidance when you need
it. You are the boss! Working for yourself, it is all your responsibility.
If you cannot take the responsibility, then you are best off staying
Belief: You must believe in yourself and in your business
and / or product. It is very difficult to do well at something you
do not fully believe in. Your belief and passion about what you
do comes across to your customers. This has a positive effect in
building their confidence and in turn, your business. Before starting
any business or selling any product ask yourself if you believe
in the product and business.
Development Time: It is important to spend time developing
yourself and increasing your skills. Many technical people forget
to develop soft skills, and vice versa. Aim to attend at least two
courses or workshops a year. Also regularly read relevant books
to develop these skills. You have to stay one step ahead of the
competition in order to be a phenomenal success.
Determination: You must be determined to succeed and not
to give up. There are times when it will be tough, but you are the
boss and the one solely responsible for making it good again. You
may get knocked back on occasion, but a true success just keeps
on going in the face of set-backs.
Inter-personal skills: Working for yourself does not mean
you will be locked in a room alone. You will often have to interact
with other people; your customers. Good inter-personal skills will
make this experience more rewarding and help you get the best from
people. They will help ensure you have a successful business.
Communication skills: Both written and spoken communication
skills are important. Often in the market place today, words are
the key to the success of your business. Therefore, spend time developing
your skills in this area - it will pay you back many fold to do
How many of the above skills do you currently have? Do you feel
you are weak in any of these areas? If so, then strengthen them
by attending courses or reading some relevant books. Being strong
in all the above areas is not necessary for personal success, but
will help to make it much easier.
Look at the list of things you are passionate about, and think
about how the above skills can be applied to and compliment these.
Finding your ideal career
Now, back to the list of things you are passionate about. Take
a new sheet of paper and write the first item on your list at the
top of this new paper. Underneath it, brainstorm all the jobs you
can think of that involve your passion. Let your imagination run
riot and be as creative as you can. Each item you have written down
offers you many possibilities. Also use the reasons you enjoy the
item to help in this exercise.
Using gardening as an example, you could write down: gardener,
author, teacher, TV presenter, landscape designer, tree doctor,
and farmer, park ranger, and so on, just to mention a few.
Still on the same item from your list, write down all the ways
you can think of to make money from it.
With our gardening example this may be growing and selling plants
or vegetables, or doing gardening for people in your neighbourhood.
There are of course many other opportunities here. Be creative and
imaginative and think outside of your normal box.
Look at all these ways of making money and note the ones you can
start right now and ones that you would really like to do. Perhaps
you could start on one or two of these now, whilst still working
in your current job.
Repeat the above exercise for each item that is on your list. Over
the next few weeks keep adding to these lists. This exercise stimulates
your mind to be creative, which results in creating many more great
ideas – often when you least expect it, so make sure you write
them all down.
The results of these exercises will be a list of what you enjoy
doing, why you enjoy doing and a list of possible careers and money
making opportunities that you would gain pleasure from. You do not
have to make a massive move and quit your job right now. You can
take your time, and slowly begin building your own business, or
just earn a bit of extra money to help pay the bills whilst keeping
your current job. You can also use this list to determine what career
is best for you and begin planning a move to this new career.
Ask yourself the question, “If I could do anything at all,
what would it be?” The answer to this question will help you
determine which of the items on your list to pursue first. It is
important not to spread yourself too thinly otherwise you may find
that nothing ever gets done. Once you have decided which way to
go you must do a goal setting exercise and work out your route to
If you want to discover what you want from life and learn some
incredible techniques for achieving your dreams, visit SuccessForGoalSetting.com
today and begin to shape your destiny. You can sign up for some
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a free living motivation e-course.
Pursuing your passion means living life to the full. It means waking
up each morning and looking forward to working. It means more energy,
more fun and feeling more alive. Sadly today many of us are working
jobs we would rather not be doing. Perhaps it is time that you took
advantage of the shifting economy and lived your passion instead
of dreaming it?
(c) 2003 Jason E. Johns