Take Yourself on a Journey of Self-Discovery
When I hear people talk about disliking their job, they often follow it up by explaining they’ve searched job boards for ideas of other career paths. Or, they’ve spoken to people around them about what they should do, and they’ve come up against roadblock after roadblock. They find that with the options presented to them, they are under-qualified or uninspired.
Rarely do I hear people share that they’ve gone a journey of self-discovery to discover what they enjoy in life. Even less often do I hear that they’ve explored ways they can incorporate what they’ve learned into their careers. That’s what I heard from one of my interviewees this week. After following a traditional career path from university to graduate training programs, she felt unsatisfied with her 13-year career in IT. She decided she needed to figure out what she enjoyed – not follow the path laid out for her by others – if she was ever to feel satisfied in her career.
She spent the next three years soul searching (and still is) to ‘find herself.’ Even she said she knew this sounded ‘cheesy,’ but she couldn’t describe it any other way. She knew she had to understand herself to build her new career. Now, her soul searching has culminated in building a brand new coaching and development business. She still has her corporate job and is in the early stages of building her business, but she has a plan! My lesson from this interview? If you want to do something enough, you will find the time to make it happen.
You can learn more about this journey on the Love to Work podcast, which will air in January. If you’d like to receive updates about the Love to Work podcast or any other Love to Work happenings, you can connect with me here.
If you’re someone who loves your work, or you know someone else who does, check out the Red Ponder #LoveToWork projects and let me know if you’d like to take part! I’d love to hear from you!