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The Wrong Way and the Right Way To Find Work You Love

When I speak with people about a direction for their career it can become apparent they are trying to excel in something that is not in alignment with their strongest talents and skills.

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For example, it may be they are trying to do well as an engineer when they are more gifted at sales.

Or they think they might be a good accountant when they are more talented in teaching others.

Other times people believe they can do well in any job regardless of the skills required to excel in that job. As long as the job is a “promotion” they want the job.

The problem is we try to make ourselves good at something God did not design us to do well. Part of this is the value we place on certain types of work or certain skills. We would rather be a mediocre attorney than an exceptional plumber.

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The Way to Get the Job You’ve Always Dreamed Of

Gary was always good at fixing things. He could take a car engine apart and put it back together. If your washing machine had broken he could fix it.

In high school Gary was always in the auto shop classroom and never in the library. He was that guy.

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However, when the time came he thought he needed to go to college in order to get a good job.

He went through college hating every minute of it, wishing he could spend more time refurbishing the 1969 Chevy pickup waiting in the garage at home.

After graduating from college with a low GPA and a headache, Gary went looking for a job.

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Have You Made This Mistake In Your Career?

Have you ever thought about what you’re supposed to be doing with your career?

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I know that may sound like a really strange question.

You might be thinking, what do you mean by “supposed to be doing?”

Most discussions about what you want to do in your career don’t revolve around this question.

Here’s what I mean.

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How to Choose the Work You Love When You Feel Stuck (Part 3)

(This post is part of a series. Read Part 1 and Part 2)

Ultimately, choosing a career direction comes down to one thing.

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What do you want to do?

That’s it.

You can take all the personality assessments in the world, go through tons of exercises, and work with coaches.

However, when all is said and done you have to make a choice and move toward a goal.

You may say, “but I still don’t know what I want to do”.

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I Hate My Job! How to Survive Your Workday While You Look for a New Job

As you drive to work you wonder, “How am I going to get through today?”

You hate your job but right now it’s the only thing standing between you and the homeless shelter downtown.

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You park your car, turn off the ignition and you begin to feel the zest for life being slowly drained from your inner being. Like bathwater after you pull the plug from the drain.

Sound familiar?

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