The best career advice I’ve ever heard
We’ve all heard the advice to do what you love, but how do you work out exactly what that is? As Curt said, many of us love travel, but all for different reasons. Just accepting a job in travel may not make you happy.
The fist step is to make a list of the things we love (this is where the travel generalization came in).
Next, we asked ourselves why do we love these things and why do we love those ‘whys’. Curt recommended taking this down four levels, but with his clients he takes it as far as it can go.
These final things are what we’re really passionate about – the motivators that really drive us.
Mine came down to ‘new things/experiences’ and ‘making a difference’. Which really translates to me having a short attention-span but using that to constantly improve what needs to be improved. Yes, my weaknesses are also great strengths.
How can this help us in our careers? From this exercise what really motivates us an use it as a measure for any career opportunities. Does the job have the variety and learning opportunities to keep me active, along with the freedom to improve processes or results to make it worthwhile? If not, it’s not a good fit for me long term.
I recommend you do this exercise and discover your passions, motivators and strengths.
Want to learn more? Visit Curt Rosengren’s website for his ebooks and his coaching sessions.
Thanks to Nicole Allard for her notes on the session. Photography is mine. Even the photo of Nicole’s notes.