How to Pursue the Career You Really Want

Sometimes there can be a gap between identifying what you naturally gravitate toward and how that translates into your full-time work. Here are three steps to help you bridge that gap.

What's the Latest Development?

Amber Rae, who is passionate about getting other people to follow their passions, believes a little down time can help you focus on what you really want to achieve. Once you've achieved a moment of self-reflection, rather than asking yourself directly what your passion is, Rae recommends you ask yourself what it is you hate not doing. A person's interests can be wide but by focusing on what is essential to your self-fulfillment, a clearer picture of what inspires you to act can be brought to light. 

What's the Big Idea?

According to Rae, success has less to do with measuring up to specific standards, which are typically based on past behavior, than with fulfilling your larger vision for the world. But what is your larger vision for the world? Complete this sentence: "I imagine a world in which..." To answer it honestly, you'll have to drop your pretenses about who you think you are, or who your friends and family think you are. "As Simon Sinek says, no one cares what you do, they care why you do it." Rae's final piece of advice is to allow negative experiences to have positive outcomes. 

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