|Fulfillment@Work: CHOOSING THE BEST CAREER
January 10, 2000
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Question of the Day
2. Choosing the Best Career
3. Quotes of the Week
Question of the Day
How do you decide what career choice you will make? My recommendation here is to take some time to examine what your heart desires. If you suddenly lost the ability to perform the skills you currently perform or take pride in, what else would you do?
Choosing the Best Career
Centuries ago, one apprenticed at an early age to learn from a master craftsman experienced in a particular field. It took years, often decades before one was considered even moderately skilled. Michelangelo was apprenticed at age 13. But what if he had hated drawing and learned it only because it was his duty, his job?
Each of us is capable of learning a skill given enough time, one which we can repeat as needed. But does the work tempt you, lure you to return in the small hours of the night? Are you drawn to it like a moth to the flame, enticed by what could be? Michelangelo surely was, for to infuse paint with the raw power to inspire and awe mankind for centuries to come did not come because he learned the basic skills of wielding a paintbrush.
The point here is not necessarily to ignore skills you may have developed but to set them aside for the moment and try to recognize where your heart wants to lead you. Don't change jobs simply because you're good at some skill. Skills are what the past has created. They are merely ways to get from point A to point B.
When you find that work which you truly love, you will discover the gifts hidden within you. After working with 100's of clients from a variety of countries, I've seen that skills by themselves won't make you happy. Actually, it's the one thing that can keep a person blocked from what they love because skills protect you from knowing what you would want and love to do.
My recommendation here is to take some time to examine what your heart desires. If you suddenly lost the ability to perform the skills you currently perform or take pride in, what else would you do? Whether that is sailing, raising dogs, creating a new recipe or painting a picture, listen for the tiny whispered messages that your heart reveals. This is where your soul resides.
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Quotes of the Week
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
~ Warren Buffett
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.
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