ways to answer what should i do with my life
Is it possible to do what you love?
As Confucius said, “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It’s great advice, but it’s easier said than done. It can be difficult to figure out what you love and incorporate into your daily job. Luckily you are not alone, below is some advice from people who were in your shoes:
Remember What You Loved as a Child
Often, our passions show up when we look back on our childhood pastimes. in childhood, we only think about what we love to do before any stresses took over. What did you like to do? Draw? Write? Science experiments? Write a list and getting back to those times is an important step in finding your passion.
Think of What You Enjoy That You Also Do Well
Think of the things that you do well but also enjoy. Do you like taking care of people? Do you make an amazing key lime pie? Are your drawings more than just doodles? Narrow the list to the top three things and keep it in mind as you make your next career move.
What compliments do you get?
Very often, we tend to ignore our strengths. When we do something well, we generally take it for granted. Start listening to compliments, and take it serious. Why can’t people praise you for the thing you’ve worked really, really hard to do well?
Are there compliments you repeatedly often hear and are sick of? Could these compliments be used on your resume. There is no shortage of problems that need to be solved, and once you’ve honed in on your core strengths, you can figure out what you do better than others in your workplace.
Talk to people
You’d be surprised at how much you can learn just listening to other people. Surround yourself with the right crowd and just by listening, you’ll get insight into what motivates people, their dreams, and their ambitions. You can then learn how these people got to where they are today and how they did it.
Eliminate Money from the Equation
A good exercise to ask yourself is if money were no object, what would you do? Of course money can’t be ignored, but what if financial pressures don’t dictate your choices. Would you travel? Would you start a non-profit to help children with special needs? Would you spend all of your time with your family? Your career should ultimately lead to financial security, but if finances are the defining motivator, you likely won’t end up doing what you love.
Leave your comfort Zone
Maybe you don’t know what you want to do because you haven’t tried what you’re meant to do yet. And you won’t know until you get out there and start trying different things out. It’s easy to get into a rut and feel like you have no options besides what you are doing right now, however, by taking a step outside your ‘comfort zone’ you might be surprised by what’s out there and end up liking to do something that you never thought you would.
Prepare for a long journey and be okay with failing
One common mistake about figuring out what you want to do with your life is that you will have a moment of clarity and then pursue your passion relentlessly. The reality is our lives change constantly, and with each milestone, you’ll likely change your goals and reshuffle your plans along the way. So instead of being down or surprised when new decisions come your way, prepare for them and be excited for them.
Nothing will slow you down more than being afraid to fail. So be ready to make mistakes, but try to cut your losses quickly. You won’t ever be able to nail down what makes you happy if you don’t even try.
Talk to a Career Counselor or Mentor. Career counselors help others figure out what they want for a living, and they’ll have insights and tools to help you hone in on the things you are good at and love to do most love most.
Leverage Your Network. More than ever before, we live in a social world. Once you’ve identified what it is that you want to do love - start networking. Use LinkedIn, Facebook, and even Twitter to create quick meetups over coffee or lunch with people who are in your field or share interest. Continue to read blogs and join forums as well.
Just do it.
Ultimately, you won’t really know what you love to do unless you actually take the plunge. Until you take the risk, it’s really just a dream. Whatever it is you have to do take the next step, such as signing up for a course or you dive head-first into entrepreneurship, just roll up your sleeves and do it. As generic as it sounds, you’ll never know until you try.
Just remember that you don’t have to have it all figured out. And that even when you do, you might change direction a few more times. So don’t worry about having all the answers at once, just think about taking the first step to start.
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