You know who you are. You face each week with a growing dread, knowing you must return to a job you do not like, doing work that does not interest you and does not allow you to use the talents you’ve developed. It doesn’t have to be that way and you can begin to recognize alternatives that exist.
If you sense that something is missing in your life, realize that you are not alone. Statistics say that over 90% of Americans are unhappy in their jobs. Each day they go to work not quite sure what they do want but absolutely certain that this isn’t it. Do you feel restless, eager for some change, something more fulfilling and exciting that could stimulate your mind, your soul?
Subconsciously, you search for a way to express those gifts that come from within your heart, something that will have meaning to you. You search for work that lets you feel you’ve made a difference in the world. Gandhi needed to lead his country into freedom, Mother Theresa needed to heal the sick and comfort the dying, Picasso needed to paint and you need to …
Until you realize what you need to do, you will forever travel on your journey of self-discovery. Remember Abraham Maslow said, “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”
The task is to recognize that you are uniquely special, have something to give, some talent no one else shares in quite the same way. This gift needs to blossom so we can appreciate and enjoy the benefits of it and acknowledge you for it. You owe this to yourself and to all of us to honor your gifts, for only when you share your unique joy with the world does the entire world benefit. Every advance mankind has known has come because of someone’s effort. Don’t let shyness rob you and the world of the power and the passion that lies within you. No one can be all that you will be except you yourself. Follow your passion.
We each have a limited amount of time to make our mark on the world. The only way to find satisfaction is to live your life in a way that uniquely responds to your dreams. As a new century dawns, you must be willing, committed, absolutely determined to discover what you love to do. Wherever that journey takes you, the gifts revealed and your expression of them will change the world. Morris Adler said, “Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can become.”
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JOEL GARFINKLE is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Land Your Dream Job. He provides a step-by-step Dream Job process that has guided thousands of clients to find the perfect job and reach career fulfillment. For Career Coaching Services, visit Dream Job Coaching.
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