Finding your perfect job, career and life may be easier said than done, but with strong commitment, focus and effort it is possible. Luckily, your return on investment should far outweigh the toil.
What would you give to have your perfect job, career, and life?
People who are happiest and most fulfilled live what is the perfect job, career and life for them. This does not mean living their life would be perfect for you. Like a snowflake, perfection is defined individually. It is achievable for anyone willing to put the effort into defining, discovering and pursuing it.
The perfect job, career and life comes in many shapes and sizes which usually equates to happiness, fulfillment and success. Examine Richard Branson’s journey. He is making billions living the life he was meant to live. He is clearly having fun doing what he loves and does best.
An ex-corporate executive I recently met now spends her days in an apron covered in clay, running a pottery making shop out of the back of her home. She makes a fraction of what she made before, but loves what she does and the life that goes along with it. For her, she has achieved perfection and success.
Both Richard Branson and my friend have the perfect job, career and life for them. They are happy and engaged in their lives. They designed their lives intentionally and on purpose. You can, too.
What is your perfection? Not what has been defined for you by your family and friends, but your perfection defined by you.
Below are three steps and strategies from my new book How to Find a Job, Career and Life You Love to help you answer the above question and start pursuing your perfect job, career and life.
Eight Questions To Light Your Path
The first step in your journey is to understand what you are most passionate about, love and naturally do best. To do this, ask and answer the following eight questions. Once you have your responses, review them to look for themes and clues as to what jobs you should try. I recommend sleeping on your responses and themes prior to committing to any conclusions from this exercise.
What gets me out of bed in the morning?
If I didn’t need money, what would I do in life?
What was I most fascinated with as a child?
When in my life have I been so passionately focused on an activity that I lost track of time and what was I doing?
What do I want to be remembered for in life?
What do I believe I do best?
What do others say I do best?
What am I most recognized for in life and work?
Experiment To Discover Your Direction
Once you have a basic understanding of what you are most passionate about, love and naturally do best, you need to experiment performing these types of tasks to confirm you actually enjoy such roles. This experimentation serves to introduce reality. Without research, you may discover only a romanticized ideal of something you believe you will enjoy. Experimentation will resolve whether you have the natural ability or temperament required for the job you seek. And whether this job will fulfill your expectations and make you happy.