So I know you’re saying, find my passion? Ginger, I can hardly find a job I like much less talk about my passion! Those of you that do have jobs, I know these days may find it hard to tolerate let alone fathom adding the word passionate as a descriptor to your day job.
Been there, done that, let me show you how!
Five years ago I had a job that I absolutely hated. I dreaded going in every day and I had panic attacks just thinking about the amount of paper work attached to each client I serviced. I enjoyed my coworkers immensely as we all had a great bond with frequent happy hours and even going on vacation together. But that didn’t stifle the fact that going into work everyday was tantamount to playing Russian roulette with my sanity. I never knew which day I would just break down and say I QUIT.
After a few tearful breakdowns, calling out sick and realizing that my mental health was way better while away from work than when I was there I decided to leave. This had to be the hardest decision (at the time ) I had to make. You’re asking why when I was struggling to keep my sanity eh? Well I loved the job, just not the duties attached to it. I enjoyed my clients, helping them with what one would deem mundane simple tasks and essentially helping them navigate through this thing we call life.
But I had to make a decision for me, that meant while I was leaving this job, I still needed to find a way to love my work because I knew that my passion was helping people. This job, just wasn’t the right fit for me. That in and of itself was a revelation I needed to have because I was so attached to not being a quitter. Leaving was the best decision I could have made for myself at the time.
So how do you find your passion and love your work even while working in a job you hate?
Here are a few tips:
- Remember why you loved your job in the first place? The sense of purpose and direction you had on your first day? Grab a hold of it and keep it at the forefront.
- If the aforementioned doesn’t apply to you then get on a mission to find your passion! Ask yourself: What Color Is Your Parachute? This is both a literal and figurative question. What are you doing to make sure that you are researching your employment options effectively and seeking a position that lines up with your skills, goals interests, values and work conditions? Are you looking for another J-O-B or do you want to be dedicated to your life’s work?
- There’s a difference and here’s the first step.The Flower Diagram from What Color Is Your Parachute? is the definitive resource for all job-seekers no matter the level or occupation. It is essentially a guide to help you define who you are within the context of your career and how to go about achieving it.One of the more popular self assessments in What Color Is Your Parachute is the Flower Diagram. It’s popularity is largely based on the fact that once completed, you gain a deeper level of insight into the one thing you spend your life chasing: a JOB and/or career. For some, this can be a fruitful lesson and for others tortuous resulting in deep regret.This is because some realize they may have been spending too much time chasing something that they weren’t built to pursue first place. For example, a lawyer 6 years out of law school who now realizes they should have been yoga instructor or restaurant owner. Happens all the time, people get epiphanies so proceed with caution.
- Here’s a blank and completed Flower Diagram.
6 Steps To Take After Completing the Flower Diagram:
- Interview people currently in this “dream job” and try to assess via the conversation the steps they took to get where they are today
- Ask them questions around how much they like their job/career and how they got started
- Research possible organizations that that have positions like this
- Join organizations that cater to this position and network with members as they may be able to give you some more insight on how to get your foot in the door. Never underestimate the power of networking. For more tips and information, please pick up Never Eat Alone
- After networking, determine who is in a position to hire you and design a plan to utilize your contacts to arrange a meeting with him/her. This isn’t nearly as hard as it looks and actually works once you’ve done all the necessary steps to get to this point.
- Once in a position to demonstrate your skills, talents, goals and values relative to the position, ask for the job, even if it is in an apprenticeship or internship, you now have one foot in the door.
My results? Changed my life! By completing this diagram, it confirmed about myself 3 things that I’d been scared to admit:
1. I like working solo. I don’t mind the occasional team project but I like setting my own deadlines and working in a manner that isn’t hampered by someone else’s inaction. This doesn’t mean I am intolerant of opposing viewpoints, working in a team or that I’m not open to outside ideas but I just tend to work best by myself.
2. I am not built for the 9-5 grind. My GF and I would kid about this at our first job here in DC but we were serious. I dislike getting up everyday to work on someone else’s dream while mine dwindle away under notepads filled with goals and plans. I want to get up each morning working towards my goal of financial independence with ME as the boss.
3. I value working with like-minded people who are serious go-getters and constantly working towards the next goal. These people also challenge me to do and be better on a daily basis. They aren’t yes men or women who tell me what I want to hear, they give it to me straight, henny with no coke 🙂
I can honestly say that today I have everything that I listed above in my flower diagram and I couldn’t be happier with my day job. You will be amazed at the power of writing things down and watching them come to pass.
Your task: Complete the flower diagram and report back in the comments your results. Change your current situation by taking this step to really find your passion on life!
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