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Doing What Matters to You: Ideas on how to Choose the Right Career

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Nowadays, people in wealthy countries have many opportunities to find a job that they like. However, in most cases this becomes a constraint: when one can choose anything, he struggles to do so. In order to choose the right career, money cannot be the main and only factor. Those who ignore this rule, often find themselves in jobs that they do not like and where they feel that their potential is not fully uncovered.

“Great companies start because the founders want to change the world... not make a fast buck. “ Guy Kawasaki.
This is very true in many levels but what Guy means, is that for whatever you want do, it is important to have a purpose or, so to say, the big idea behind it. When you do something that truly speaks to your heart, only then you find the meaning in what you do.

“Look, if you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you’re just working.  You’ll work harder at it, and you’ll know more about it. But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you’ve decided to do – know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That’s where the work comes in. But if you’re doing things you’re passionate about, that will come naturally.” Richard Branson.

At various points in your life, you may find yourself willing to do anything just so you can cover your expenses. Or maybe your parents want you to go out there in the market and find a job, just so you can get on with your life. Or maybe you feel pressure from your friends who are already working successfully and make you look like underachiever.

“If you’re not proud of where you work, go work somewhere else. “ Seth Godin.
That is the beauty of it: you can change your job if you don‘t like, as Seth puts it. In a way it‘s a good thing to explore yourself and start working somewhere, just so you can figure out, whether you like it or not, whether it suits your personality. And if you don‘t like it, you can switch to another job.

„Your time is limited, so don‘t waste it living someone else‘s life. Don‘t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people‘s thinking. Don‘t let the noise of other‘s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.“ Steve Jobs

This brings us to a very important subject – time. While you search for your passion by trying yourself in various jobs and activities, the time passes by. You cannot conserve it nor can you save it for later. As an old saying puts it, “life is what happens while you‘re busy making other plans“. Many people find themselves in jobs that they hate just because they are afraid of taking risk and therefore choose to settle. You don‘t necessarily have to settle if you don‘t believe that it is the right thing for you to do.
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. “ Stephen Covey.

So, no matter what you do, focus on your priorities. Always try to see the big picture and where you fit in. Of course, sometimes it happens that you find yourself in a job you don‘t like. But it is up to you to make the most of it. Bring some fun to it. Learn from it. Take the best you can and become a better person.
“My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, 'Oh God, I've got to do this today.“ Richard Branson.

In life, everything happens for a reason and this is true about job search. Who you are now and what you do is the reflection of your past thoughts about yourself. So, dare to dream big. Listen to yourself and focus on what you do best. Then think how it might help other people, while pleasing your needs. There is no shortcut and there is no easy way in achieving your goals. All you have to do is to take the first step:
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. “ Walt Disney.


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