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Do you Have A Passion or a Paycheck? Part 2

Do you Have A Passion or a Paycheck? Part 2

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It’s easy to find oneself on a path determined by others.

Warren Berger author of A More Beautiful Question did a piece in Fast Company that’s a good reminder to all of us in the workforce.  There’s a basic problem that can stop us from pursuing bold challenges and ambitious goals: not knowing which challenges or goals to pursue.

Whether you’re starting out or considering a possible change in direction, asking yourself the right questions is critical. The following eight–shared by a noteworthy lineup of entrepreneurs, innovators, consultants, and creative thinkers–can help you figure out where your heart lies and what you really ought to be doing.

It’s easy for us to plug along because we know we’re good at something and  it allows for us to provide for our families but do we really love what we’re doing?  Berger asks eight questions and the first is an odd one:  What is your tennis ball?  This question, derived from a terrific commencement speech given at MIT last year by Dropbox founder Drew Houston, is a good place to start because it cuts to the chase. As Houston explained:

“The most successful people are obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball.” To increase your chances of happiness and success, Houston said, you must “find your tennis ball–the thing that pulls you.”

If you’re not doing, at least, one thing, that forces you out of your comfort zone a day then it’s easy to fall into a rut. It’s not easy to take stock in your life and create necessary change.  Growth is hard but if you discover your soul along the way it will be worth it!

Read the full list of Warren Berger’s Eight Questions 

Or for more inspiration:  Application of Blue Ocean

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