I struggled with career uncertainties for years until I landed in a field I love, so I can relate to the angst many of you feel early in your careers, and sometimes, many years later.
Being a lifestylist, I now use a lot of my natural skills and strengths. I also get to explore my interests and thanks to my career, I’m growing as a person in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise.
Who am I?
While I didn’t always know the answer to this question, I’ve learned a very helpful place to start trying to figure it out… when you don’t know who you are, start with who you know you’re not. Anything we’re strongly against, its polar opposite might just be who we are. An artist friend shared with me for example, that just the thought of working in an office or for a corporation makes him feel stressed.
To find my career fit, after coincidentally starting out in corporate, I thought about what I’ve always loved and what came naturally to me. Decorating and lifestyle always excited me. I’ve also always loved philosophy and learning how things and human nature work. I’m lazy if I’m uninspired and need a little excitement and variety in my work day. Sameness bores me to tears. So of course, I studied Finance!
That person didn’t know who she was and how important it would be to me to do fulfilling work. That, I also learned, is not something everyone needs to have. So after spending a pretty penny on my Finance degree, I realized that while I do like making money, I didn’t care to do it in a soulless way.
While I was considering getting a degree in psychology, which I felt was a much better career fit, I fell into coaching. I started out doing weight loss coaching, then general life coaching until I found my true niche, as a lifestylist. A lifestylist, if you’re wondering, is someone who promotes positive lifestyle habits, and in my case specific habits that make people coachable, more energetic, and focused.
One of the best things I discovered along the way to finding my niche, is that you can create your own thing. How you do that these days is drilling down–niching–to find a fit with your personality, values, interests, and strengths. The goal is to use as much of yourself as you can in your work.
The career that’s right for you may not even exist yet, and by drilling down, you can create a whole new field or make your own stamp on an existing one.
After interviewing people who found their own career fit, and from my own experience, here’s what stands out as things perfect careers have. They:
- Utilize a lot of YOU and gets you excited on multiple levels.
- Many of the skills required for that career comes easily to you.
- Align with your values and your temperament, and is something you enjoy doing.
- If the money is good, that’s great, but it shouldn’t be the first reason for choosing your ideal career.
- If it also helps other people – or could potentially – you’ve found your sweet spot.
I also love Life Coach Abbi J’s approach to finding your perfect career and wanted to share that with you as she has some great advice on this topic.
Abbi Winslow, Utah Life Coach, @ajlifehacks_
We agree, having a career is important but finding fulfillment in work is even better. Hope you find that too, my friends.