The wise saying goes, “When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.”
When you’re inspired to follow your dreams and turn them into reality, your perseverance and drive will take you farther than you could imagine. That’s why finding the best career path based on what you love to do is one of the most important steps you’ll ever take. While most people say they only work because they need money, the truth is – there’s more to a career than just getting paid.
Feeling pride in your work, being motivated to learn more and get better at what you do, and being emotionally fulfilled are a few of the keys to becoming a successful person.
To help you discover the best career path that is ideal for you, helps you tap into your natural talents, and gives you a greater sense of fulfillment, below are 3 tips to guide you in the right direction.
Tip # 1: Figure out what you love to do
When you were a child, you could probably spend hours enjoying all types of activities. From crafts to sports, kids can entertain themselves all day by doing the things they love. When we grow up, task lists seem to become our first priority. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
To help you figure out your best career path, start by getting back to the basics. Begin by writing a list of all the things you love to do. Whether that’s creative projects, sharing stories, or even using social media – figuring out what you love to do is the first step.
As an example, in 2011 when I launched Inspirations & Celebrations, I thought about everything I loved to do. From graphic design and photography to educating and empowering women, I knew I wanted to share my passions with the world. So I decided it was time to bring all my interests together in one place – that’s what led me to my blog-turned-biz.
No matter what you love to do, I can promise you that there’s most likely a way you can weave your passions into your career. The more you learn to enjoy your work, the more fulfilled you’ll feel.
Tip # 2: Assess your personality and work style
During a board retreat for an organization that I was President of years ago, our team took the Myers-Briggs personality test. Not only was it a fun way to get to know our new team members, but it was also very informative for each of us to discover more about our personalities and work styles.
This type of personality assessment test helps you determine if you are an extrovert or introvert (which influences your communication style), and gives you an indication of how you handle decisions and projects. For example, some people are more social and need to talk things out before making a big decision; whereas others make decisions swiftly and on their own.
When you have a better understanding of how your personality affects your work style, it can help you more easily figure out which career path is ideal for you. As an example – If you’re a “people person”, enjoy socializing or networking, and get a charge out of making presentations, then a career in sales or public relations might be a good fit for you.
Tip # 3: Learn new skills
To continually feel empowered to grow, always work on learning new skills. By committing to your continued education (whether it’s through an online course, a weekend workshop, or reading a new book), you’ll feel mentally stimulated and engaged, while adding valuable skills to your resume.
As you learn new skills, it also helps you feel more capable of taking on greater responsibilities and projects at work, which results in personal fulfillment and rewards (including more income).
When you discover your passions, feel inspired to do more of what you love, and work on strengthening your talents and improving your skills, you’ll find the best career path for you.
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