If you are like most people, you’ll probably end up fitting more than one career in your lifetime.
I started working in market research, moved to educational book distribution, then launched my writing and speaking career and have managed to develop a strong media presence at the same time. Although I enjoyed the various stages of my career I have to say that right now, I am happier than I’ve ever been before. The reason is in the perfect alignment of my passion, my talent, my knowledge and my skill set, something that is really hard to do.
It may take you a few years to figure out how to create this alignment in your life, but it’s worth the preparation and exploration that it takes to get to that point. That process may be easy if you already know what you’re passionate about or it may require some introspection if you are not sure.
What’s important is to keep in mind that doing what you love to do while using your talents and the knowledge you acquired both formally and informally will bring you a level of joy that is hard to compare with anything else. It makes you feel alive every day in a way that you don’t when your job is just a paycheck or just something that gets in the way of living your passions.
So, start looking right now at what makes you excited, what makes you tick and explore ways in which you can turn it into your career. Before you know it, all the stars will be aligned and you’ll be living your dream!