What Do You Love?

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“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” Maya Angelou

Have you ever noticed sometimes when people ask you what you love to do, what you want to do, or what you do for fun that you don’t have an answer? It’s hard to be in that place and respond with a “I’m not sure” or “I don’t know.”

Not knowing what you love can come from doing everything you don’t want to do for so long that you can’t remember what it is you love, or how it feels to do something you love. If this is the case, think back to a time when you were loving life. Write down the situation you were in, who you were with and what you were doing. This exercise will give you some hints to what brings you joy.

It could be that you’re just starting out in your career and you haven’t discovered what you love yet. Some people go through years of struggle trying to figure out what they were meant to do. If you’re ready to do what you love now, take some time for personal reflection to find out what it is.

If you’re in a transition that forces you to re-evaluate what’s meaningful, or that tests your metal from going through a divorce, retiring, recovering from a life threatening illness, or re-establishing yourself after a move to a new town you know what it’s like to be in that “no man’s land.” But even with changes going on in your life, you still have an authentic you that wants to express and when it does you’re living what you love.

No matter what stage you’re in, finding what you love comes from knowing who you really are. Discovering your authentic style puts you in touch with what motivates you, why you like certain things, why things bug you and what stops you. Knowing what makes up the real you makes it easier to find your path to a meaningful career, friends and activities that energize you, and a life so full of passion and joy that people will look on in awe because they can’t take their eyes off you!

If you’re ready to discover who you really are so you can do more of what you love, Linda Hardenstein helps new job seekers, retirees, and professionals who hate their job, find the career and get the life you’ll love.  Click here to find out more.

Have you found your authentic career or what you love to do? What got you there? Leave a comment.