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Finding the right career for you, where you spend a lot of time in your professional life, is a task really worth taking seriously. Usually it gets most important in our later teen-time or early twenties, but really it is a question that should be asked over the whole lifetime, since it can change dramatically when we develop ourselves.

Your Purpose: Deciding the WHAT to do?

The right career means finding a profession where you want to or even love to work. It’s something that fulfills you and something where you really can bring your whole person to the set; something where you really can be successful, including earning a lot of money on the long run and providing service for other people and society.

So how can we go about it? I give you my advice, which worked for me so far.

Always go with your heart. Let your heart make the big decisions and then use your mind to find the way. Going with your heart means that you look inside to discover what you really want to do, what you are here for on this earth.

It also means that you don’t “play it safe”, or you choose your job because your parents, your boy- or girl-friend or relatives and friends say that this is right for you. They can’t know what is right for you (they choose what is right for them for you), only you can know and decide that. Really put some serious thinking into the question “What am I here for?”

There are certain things that can guide you to find this deeper meaning for yourself:

1. Finding your personal strengths

What things have you done with great ease and good or even great results, which were much harder for others to do?

This is where your strengths are, or you can also say your talents. Often we don’t realize it fully, because it is no big deal for us because it was easy and felt very naturally to us. For instance great visual- and graphic-artists have an instant recognition of when a picture or a layout is perfect, while other people don’t even realize that something like a website doesn’t look “right”.

If you discover those natural strengths you have a very good indicator for where you should focus your career around.

Examples would be: “analytical, intelligence, being passionate, writing, being physical, planning, creativity, envisioning, speed, focus, communication, empathy to other people, being exact, being very specific, being a generalist etc.”

My 5 personal strength are:

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By the way, you can also do this exercise for your 5 personal weaknesses. It always gives you an advantage, if you know your weaknesses as well. These are usually the areas you don’t want to rely on in your job. You can work on your weaknesses, but the general idea is always to mainly focus on your personal strengths.

2. Past successes

Think about your biggest successes in the past, what were those situations, where you performed at your best and what were you doing? Think of achievements that had a positive effect, maybe were recognized by others or brought you personally forward. Maybe others complimented you on your achievements. Where did you produce value for others? Write down 5 of the most memorable successes you had:

My 5 biggest successes were:

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3. Your passion

What fulfils you? What brings you joy? What are you passionate about? Where are you dreams? What do you love doing?

If you want to become great at something, you must do what you love to do, meaning where your passion is. What is it, that you just can’t let go off once started. Maybe it is something creative of productive. If you do what you love, you don’t really work anymore. When doing it you feel uplifted and fulfilled, it goes nearly effortless. Some successful people I met said, they would pay to do what they do. ;)

What 5 things do you really love to do?

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Finding the sweet spot

Bringing together strengths, past successes and passion results in the sweet spot, where you really have the great opportunity to realize your full potential:

Finding the right career - Purpose : Your sweet spot

Look where the three areas you answered overlap. Where is a pattern? Where do they fit together?

This is, where you should seek out your work, your job. Then your work will not only make you happy while you are doing it, but also has the great potential to reach other people. You adding value and contribute to others, the foundation for fulfilment in your job and for real success and also money.

Don’t forget, that it is never too late to change to do, what you really want to do. Whether you are very young and are looking for a first orientation, or you have already worked for several years and are looking for a more fulfilled job. Maybe you even retired and are looking for something, where you can apply your experience and do, what you love to do. It really doesn’t matter and it is never too late to be true to yourself.

This was the 1. part “Finding the WHAT” of Finding the right career. The next part will be about finding the HOW, meaning how to find the right career in practical terms, once you decided the WHAT.

-> Part 2: Finding the right career: Taking Action

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3 comments

  1. Comment by car battery

    car battery Reply October 8, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    It’s a fact that very few people work at a job doing what they truly enjoy. I’ve often wondered the reason behind this. Surely, necessity is a major factor because the need for money sometimes dictates the job and many people don’t have the time to dedicate towards achieving their dream job. However, for those lucky enough to enjoy their work, it’s the best of both worlds by being paid to have fun, basically.

  2. Comment by used tires

    used tires Reply January 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I like the way the chart puts everything together, and how its all about finding the sweet spot.

    -Jean

  3. Comment by finest man van

    finest man van Reply June 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    You can take your qualities and find careers that require those things you are good at. For instance, if you’re a caring person who relates well with people, perhaps a career in nursing is something suited to you. There will be times where studying for nursing that it gets difficult because you’re not good at mathematics. Maybe. But ultimately, a good nurse is someone who cares for another person, and relates to that person well because patients feel that care.

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