Look at it, if the pathway to careers are different today than ever before, why do we still continue to coach people into career paths the same old way? Rather than charting a pathway that is being reshaped constantly in the present workplace, why not build a positive framework that leads to exploration, engagement, and enthusiasm.
Passion: What is that thing that you would do for the rest of your life even if you didn’t get paid?
Skills/Abilities: What are the talents that uniquely set you apart from others?
Experience/Opportunities: What trends are presently occurring in the marketplace and what opportunities and experiences have you engaged?
My own self-model earlier in life would have been – “I want to be a lawyer because I like to talk and I want to make money”. Yet, a life in law could have proved to be a great detriment, particularly if I had no passion for the law, no desire to study, and expected that every lawyer comes right out of school making great money.
Or what about the quintessential juvenile ambition of being a pro athlete, singer, actor – it is wonderful that I am passionate for these things, but what if I lack talent – it isn’t a fit! Further, when I recognize that very few people ever “make” it in these performance industries – I have to come to grips with the reality that likely is not my fit either.
Fit is not about a job, it is about a pathway. I have been a politico, event coordinator, communications specialist, recruiter, minister, coach, and teamwork facilitator. Each of those jobs was a fit because I am passionate about helping people as they work to achieve their potential. Each of those jobs was a fit because the skills I hold are Strong Communication Skills, Initiative, Flexibility, Creativity, Resourcefulness, Passion for Learning, and Listening Skills. Further this pathway was a fit because I continued there were opportunities available and I was able to build a growing level of experience through volunteering, education, and training.
Whether you are 6 or 60, it is never too early or too late to begin exploring the realities of yourself and the world you inhabit. I encourage you to Dream Big, Know Yourself, and Investigate the World Around You! In doing so, you will find the “sweet spot” for your work life, it may not be a specific career but it will be a place where you can thrive!
What work discoveries have you made that allowed you to find your “sweet spot”? Share below!