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Self-Assessment. What should you do in your career? What are you passionate about?
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:05 pm

Take a moment and think about how you would
respond:  What is your passion?  What are you
passionate about?

In the 21st century world, this can be a leading
driver for what fields you want to enter as your

Many career consultants, web pages and motivational
speakers will ask you: what are your likes and interests
Why is that?  That is because a “like becomes a
passion when it repeats with regularity? 1

So, take the time, even if you are in your mid-
career, to identify what you enjoy, what motivates
you to get up early and gives you energy to not
give up when you are tired.

Go beyond the listing of likes and interests and
examine under the surface why you like that ‘like,’
what generates the ‘like’ feeling?  Explore what
are the basic parts that are good and those that
you would prefer to exclude.  Here is a client’s
example:  ‘My passion is creatively improving
business processes to fulfill clients’ needs.  It
must include a fast-paced environment, fast
feedback cycles, strong customer involvement
and computer-integrated solutions.  I would
love to have the chance to “pitch proposals
to clients”.
It should avoid long distance travel by air. ‘

Are there jobs that would allow me to do this–
technological solutions, interaction with people,
training, problem solving and computer software
design, fast-paced, high energy, relationship building
as much is done by referrals..?

How can I do as much of this without having
to do airplane flights?

In other words, how can my life be arranged so
that I can do what I am passionate about, in
its purest form, and avoid what I do not like to

Set doing your passion as your goal.
Don’t be afraid of moving toward your goals,
even when it involves change.  Take
unfortunate events as learning steps on your
way to achieving what you want, your goal.

Be serious about making your passion a goal and
seeking it.

Two great links about motivation and coaching
for positive outcomes are S. Jobs’ Stanford
commencement address and D. Pink’s blog
about the importance of a person’s state of
mind.  [Brief notes on each are in the

5 Responses to “Self-Assessment. What should you do in your career? What are you passionate about?”

  1. site admin Says:

    On JOBS:

    Believe ‘the dots will connect forward to something
    useful,’ fun, desirable, beautiful, meaningful and
    profound for others and will make you follow your
    interests today.

    Accept rejection, coaching and feedback, and learn
    from failure,

    Find what you love. It gets better and better as life
    goes on.

    Death: Almost everything falls away in the face
    of death.  You almost never should ‘fear losing
    ‘things’.’ Tell your kids everything you always
    want(ed) to tell them.

  2. site admin Says:

    Dan Pink on Performance—

    key is the state of mind of the individual in
    question, not his or her behavior

    positive words only originate from positive
    states of mind.

    relish the journey—the relationships and
    experiences—as the path toward creating
    exactly what they want becomes clear

    love will always provide the answers to
    helping others—and to success.

  3. site admin Says:

    Be conscious of saying you are passionate about
    several things— “

    “Passionate.” Can you be “passionate” about four or
    five things? One passion, maybe; four passions are
    interests, not passions. And really: Can anyone truly
    be passionate about “delivering lasting customer value”
    or “teaching small businesses to harness the power of
    social media” or “providing lasting solutions to common
    business problems”?
    Focused, yeah.
    Driven, sure.
    Passionate? Save that for your significant other.”

    by Jeff Haden
  4. site admin Says:

    Reality sets in— David Brooks- Look for important
    problems to solve, don’t focus so much on the internal
    needs and wants..
  5. site admin Says:

    Brooks column and comments.

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