I didn’t, and according to the statistics, neither do a lot of you. I struggled with career uncertainties for years before I found what I absolutely love doing—personal development and specifically behavior-modification work. In this video, Abbi Winslow shares some great tips to help you find your best career. Her first two tips are 1) Explore your talents and 2) Make a list of what interests you. They reminded me that my own talents/interests were disguised as time-wasters. And like I did, someone reading this may think they don’t have any talents. So for you, I want to share how my interests and talents intersected, and what I thought were time-wasters, was the clue to finding the career I now love.
When Your Interests Are Your Talents
Since I was 9 years old, most of the books I read were philosophy, biographies and inspiring real-life stories. In high school and college, the TV shows I loved included a lot of HGTV and travel shows. Later, my TV lineup included shows like Wife Swap, Super Nanny, Sci-Fis, and Dexter (yes, the one about a somewhat redeemable serial killer). To me, these all seemed unrelated, and felt like time-wasters. But were they? What I believe now is that they all fed into my fascination with human behavior, and why we do the things we do.
More than what I was interested in, was the effect my interests had on me. In most cases, I could lose myself in the topic. When I started researching neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to reshape itself by forming new neural connections), for example, I was sure I’d quit it in no time. But I didn’t. There were Saturdays when I would go to the Altadena Public library to pick up a book and four hours later was still there following some yarn of an idea I became fixated on. Without a thought to brunch or some other appointment, I would break open my laptop and follow the scientific yarn.
In time, I may have become good (even developed some talents) in what I studied, Finance, but it wouldn’t have made me that interested in science.
To paraphrase career coach Ashley Stahl: Finance is what I love. Personal Development is who I am. Doing this work, I feel much more on purpose, I get to explore more of my interests, like home organization, and I can put in 10+ hours days and feel refreshed at the end of them.
I believe our perfect career does more for us than other careers can. So for that reason, it’s work worth doing. I can honestly say that being a lifestyle coach and personal development entrepreneur is helping me become a better version of myself. It’s lets me tap into and express so much more of the real me. It’s that deep and that simple at the same time.
Christine is a lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles. Using systems, routines, and some psychological trickery, she can help almost anyone hack their mind and life for greater productivity. Email email@example.com to find out if she's available for one-on-one work.