Do You have a Passion or a Paycheck? Part 3 There’s Homework!
Pretend tomorrow you got to wake up doing your dream job. Some of us automatically know what that is and go to it mentally while others of us struggle with what exactly that would entail. And some of us may already be doing our dream job (show offs-kidding most of us are slightly jealous). If a dream job didn’t automatically pop into your head, or if the word “Passion” makes you break out in a cold sweat, or if you’re open to learning a little more about yourself, keep reading.
Now think about when you were a child and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up. Teacher, fireman, police officer, doctor, attorney-sure those are all amazing jobs and we need people to do them; but for many of us, the dream job is one that doesn’t really exist. For many years, I loved working in surgical device sales but trust that no guidance counselor in my high school offered that as an option in the 90’s.
It does exist but we usually want to put a job description in an easy little title and move on from there. Let’s break it down even further. Don’t think about the dream job in terms of one that already exists, think about 5 things you love doing (has to contain an action word) followed with who the action impacts or how the actions impacts you. It can be anything. Maybe you just like talking to people and hearing their stories or you like helping people, maybe you just love laughing, or like spending time with your family. Great, there is no right or wrong answer. And it’s not always easy to just think of 5 things off the top of our heads (and that’s part of the problem).
It’s also hard not to let the goal dictate this exercise. Don’t think of this exercise as finding the dream job, simply think of the actions words that you love and the impact portion. Print this page and keep it with you for the next couple of days. And by the time 5 pm rolls around Friday, you should have been able to think of 5 things you love doing and run each of the words through the exercise below:
Action word –> do you want the action word to impact others –> do you want the action word to impact you
I like to make people laugh and I like when people make me laugh.
Or you may only love making people laugh.
Or you may only want to have people make you laugh.
(There is no right or wrong answer. Remember the more honest you are the better. The lies we tell ourselves are far worse than any that anyone could ever tell us. So be brutally honest with yourself).
We’ll move on to Do you have a Passion or Paycheck? (Part 4) Next Wednesday.
1. Action Word/Impact
2. Action Word/Impact
3. Action Word/Impact
4. Action Word/Impact
5. Action Word/Impact