Finding fulfilling work isn’t something that you should leave up to chance – it takes effort and action. Identifying your dream job and the path that will take you there is both a challenge and an opportunity. While finding work you truly love might seem like a vague or daunting endeavour, you can take concrete steps to find that kind of fulfilment. These four steps are a great place to start.
Learn as much as you can about the life you want
When you consider a potential career or industry, research what it’s like day-to-day and what it really takes to succeed. A lot of people assume that a job is but don’t have a clue what’s really involved. Look behind the scenes to figure out what your field’s experts were doing when they were still unknown. Find people who are willing to talk with you about their career paths in as much detail as possible, or learn from public resources like books, blogs, panel discussions, and TED talks. Not only will that tell you how to succeed, it will tell you if you want to.
Reflect on what brings you joy
As soon as you start to reflect on the things that matter to you, your career path will become clearer. Connect the dots between the things that you love and the things that you’re good at. Before you make any big career moves, it’s probably a good idea to start asking yourself some important questions. What makes you happy? What brings you joy? And what do you think you could do for 8 hours a day that wouldn’t make you miserable?
Identify the impact you want to have on the world
People who love their work typically feel a sense of purpose – a sense that their work has a meaningful impact on the world. As you choose the impact you want to have, focus on what you actually care about, not what you think you should care about. A lot of people are working toward a definition of success that is meaningless to them. They’re climbing a ladder to nowhere. Be honest about what really matters to you, then work toward that.
There is, sadly, no magic bullet for building a career you love or choosing the kind of company you want to start. Finding the right match is a process of trial and error. Low-risk ways to test your options, such as shadowing someone for a day, will help you find what you actually enjoy in practice.
As you look for a career you love, you may have to shake up your life, step out of your comfort zone, make a few mistakes. That’s okay. Treat life as one big experiment or a series of mini experiments. If you stay curious and keep trying, you’ll land where you need to be.
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