Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ten Tips for Creating a Career That Lights Your Fire

Have you ever found yourself so excited about something that the energy it generates just seems to pull you along? Imagine feeling that every day in the work you do.

It's possible. What's more, it's within reach! Here is a Passion Primer to help you begin exploring your passions and discovering ways, whether big or small, to incorporate them into your life.

I. Get to know yourself
Before you strike off in pursuit of a career that really lights your fire, take some time to do some serious self-exploration.

One of my favourite approaches is creating what I call a Passion Profile. Make a list of all the things in your life - from childhood through now - that you have really enjoyed. It could be work or play, an event, a period of time in your life, etc.

Once you have your list, pick one and start digging into the reasons why. Get beyond what you love doing, and break it down into the underlying characteristics. Think of it as identifying your passion's building blocks.

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