Young professionals, career choices, and a Life's Work
I speak to a lot of people who are graduating from high school, university, or professional school and are unsure of their place in the world.
If you are not sure of your career choices, and are not sure of where you see yourself, how do you go about building a Life's Work? How do you build the life that you were meant to live?
Here are some tips for people in their 20s and 30s, just starting out, about career choices and building a Life's Work:
1) Think about what it was you wanted to be when you were a child. When we were children, we hadn't yet learned about so many of the social and economic restrictions that prohibit people from living their dream life.
Think back to what you used to say and think when you were 5, 8, or 10 years old. Even if what you said doesn't seem relevant today, think about why it is you used to say certain things, or what it is about a certain job or profession that attracted you back then.
Then think about if those reasons have any application to you today as you're a little older.
2) Journal where you want to be when you are on your death bed. This sounds macabre, but this is an important exercise. We only have so much time on this Earth, and many people have their lives tragically cut short in ways that are unexplainable, random or even cruel. Assuming you live a long and healthy life (and I hope you do!), when you're on your death bed, old and gray, what do you want to say you accomplished? When you look back over your lifetime, what will you be most proud of? What will you say was your legacy, and what you left behind, to make the world a better place?
3) Think about your unique talents -- what makes you different from everyone else in the world? This is an interesting question that few people rarely ever bother to think about. There are 7.3 billion human beings alive today. Instinctively, we know that each one of them is a different person, a different consciousness, even identical twins. But take that a step further and think about what it is about you that makes you different and unique from everyone else? And what are your innate talents that you were born with that make you particularly different? Think about what it would be like to combine those talents with your consciousness, and how you would use all of that to make the world a better place in your own way.
4) Think about what you want to spend your time doing. Whatever you end up choosing to do with your life in terms of jobs and career, understand that you will be doing a lot of it. If you were forced to do one type of thing for 50 hours a week for the rest of your life, what would it be? Even the most enjoyable thing in the world to you would have moments of drudgery, and no job or career will be free from those moments. But if you had to pick one thing, what would it be? And if the job you would pick doesn't exist, what would it look like?
Feel free to contact me if you have other questions or thoughts about aligning yourself with your Life's Work.