If you’re working a job that you don’t particularly see yourself doing for the rest of your life, how do you make the transition from your 9-to-5 to doing your dream job? How do you find a career you love and would love to do for the rest of your life?
Growing up in a traditional Asian family, education is something that my parents highly valued. They wanted me to go to school for something that will give me a high paying career and secure myself financially in the future. I was presented with a handful of options; become an engineer, doctor, lawyer or accountant. Even at a young age, I knew none of those things really interested me. But because no one in my family knew any better, I went with what’s safe. I decided to follow my Dad’s footsteps and got into the Engineering industry.
After a long gruelling time in school, I felt relieved to finally graduate and start a career. I had everything that society would define to be successful. I worked at a prestigious Engineering company with a high pay and full benefits. It afforded my a comfortable place, designer clothes and bought me a nice car. All I had to do was keep doing what I was doing for the next 40 years or so and then retire. Then I realized, something was wrong with this plan.
If you’re in the same boat, here are some tips that will help you in the right direction.
3 Steps To Find A Career You Love
Determine Your Destination
If you don’t know where you’re going, then any map will take you there. Figure out what kind of lifestyle you want to live and then work backwards. Once you’ve figured out your end goal and how you want to be spending your days, start exploring business ideas that will support that.
Everyday that I spent at my job, I felt like there’s a small piece of me that’s dying on the inside. It was my passion, my own voice and my purpose. It was being suppressed because I intuitively knew I was supposed to be doing something else.
At the end of your life, what would you want people to say when they come to your funeral? What kind of character would you like them to have seen in you? How about achievements and contributions that would you want them to remember? Figure out the kind of legacy you want to live and act accordingly.
Take Full Responsibility
Just because I was born in a family that didn’t know much about entrepreneurship doesn’t mean I can’t do anything about it. The most powerful thing that both you and I posses is the ability to think. You have the freedom to choose your thoughts, not other people. Do this and you can change your circumstances and conditions.
Being a proactive person means you know how to take initiatives. You understand that you are fully responsible for your own life. You have the ability to take actions and make things happen. Keep your focus on things that are within your control, not the ones where you can do nothing about.
Learn To Prioritize
Figuring out where you want to end up eventually doesn’t stop there. Bold, consistent action is what’s going to move you forward. Everyday you are presented with so many things to do, how do you know which one to pick? You should ask yourself, what’s the one thing you could do on a regular basis that would make a huge impact in your life? Once you figure that out, focus on that. Do not spend anymore time doing unimportant tasks. Set your priorities and become more productive.