Key to finding your dream job: know yourself first


I know:  you’re thinking, “I know myself!”  You’re listing off your name, your job, your marital status, political affiliation, etc.  But if you don’t feel completely fulfilled in your current job, are dissatisfied with some aspect of your situation but not sure why, maybe it’s time to take a deeper look.  Often, life happens so fast that we don’t take the time to explore who we really are.  If you are confused about the future, not sure which direction to take, getting to know your authentic self is a great place to start.  Here are some ideas:

  1.  Interests:  list your hobbies, favorite activities, subjects.  If nothing comes to mind, what really grabbed your attention when you were a child?
  2. Values:  think of times you have felt successful in life.  What values were you upholding?  When something makes you angry, what values do you feel are being ignored?
  3. Heroes:  list the people you admire – they can be famous, or people you know personally.  What do they have in common?
  4. Strengths:  what do you like about yourself?  If it’s too hard to list many things, what do your friends and family say they admire about you?
  5. Skills:  what do you do really well?  What do you do that is unique, or that you do better than most others?
  6. Desires: What do you want?  What’s on your bucket list?  What do you want to be remembered for after you’re gone?
  7. Dreams:  If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
  8. Places and spaces:  Where and when are you most comfortable?  Most productive?
  9. Balance:  what is your ideal work/life balance?
  10. Put it all together:  look back at the answers you’ve given.  How can they be combined to reflect your core message – that is, what you want for yourself and to give to the world?  This is who you really are!

 

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