To find a job you’ll love start with these questions

Find a job youll loveIf you love the work you do then you are lucky indeed.

Most people, if they are lucky enough to have a job at all, are in jobs for which they have little or no passion. They just do whatever they have to do to ensure they have a regular income. It’s a living but it’s hardly a life.

If you’d like to find a job you’ll love doing then start by asking yourself these questions:-

  1. For what activity would you rise early knowing that was on your day’s agenda?
  2. What activity makes your eyes sparkle with enthusiasm?
  3. What activity gives you a real buzz?
  4. What activity to you really is fun?
  5. In what activity can you completely lose track of all time?
  6. What would you do as a hobby if you couldn’t make a living at it?
  7. In which activity do you not have to be asked twice to participate?
  8. Is there an activity for which you have a real talent?

The answers to these questions will help you to identify the activity for which you have passion and enthusiasm. If you can then identify a job which consists primarily of this activity then you have found the job you’ll love. And as the saying goes, find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Getting that job won’t be that easy, of course. However knowing what you really want is the first step on the road to success. And finding a job for which you have a passion will lead to success.

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How to develop a millionaire mindset

How to develop a millionaire mindsetDo you want to be rich dear reader? Would you like to have so much money that you no longer have to worry about having enough to pay your bills? If you do, you’re not alone. We’d all like to be rich but few of us have the right mindset needed to create and build wealth. The question is, how to develop a millionaire mindset?

Well in the embedded video included here Jack Canfield will enlighten you.

For any reader unfamiliar with Jack Canfield he’s one of America’s top motivational speakers and he’s also the best-selling author of top self-help books like Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles.

These books are amongst the very best self-help books you can buy and if you haven’t read them already I recommend that you do.

In the video Jack Canfield offers words of wisdom for those people who want to build their fortune but have yet to get going.

Jack explains that if you want to be rich, you have to learn how to think like rich people think.

He argues that without a millionaire mindset, you’re going to remain stuck in a lower or middle-income reality. In my opinion, he’s right in what he says.

The right mindest is always an essential ingredient for success but how do you develop a millionaire mindset? What do you need to do to develop the right way of thinking?

Well watch his short video and you’ll be on your way to learning how to avoid getting stuck in financial mediocrity.

If you’ve yet to achieve wealth then it’s never too late to start. Many financially successful people started late in life. For instance, Ray Kroc was 52 years old before he started building the empire we know as McDonald’s.

So get started now and design the future you’ve always imagined.

How to develop a millionaire mindset:

Further reading:

If you’re interested in great motivational advice then the best speakers and writers in my opinion are all American.

There are many I admire and Jack Canfield is one of them. So if you’ve never read any of Jack Canfield’s books then I recommend that you check them out and purchase your own copies from Amazon.

If you build you own small personal library of motivation books you’ll find it will be money well spent.

Start today and buy here.

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How to make the most of your future

How to make the most of your futureHow to make the most of your future? A question we all ask ourselves occasionally, I’m sure. We worry about the future because increasingly the world seems such an uncertain place.

In many ways the future is uncertain but then again it’s actually a lot more predictable than you might think.

I’m often asked what I think the next 10 years will be like. The answer’s simple; the next 10 year will be pretty much like the last 10 years and the years before that.

Future years:

Think about it. The next 10 years will just be a constant stream of challenges with lots of problems to be solved. That’s how life’s always been. And that’s actually good news for us all. Why?

It’s good news because it’ll ensure that there’s a constant stream of opportunities for enterprising people to exploit. So we can all make a good living and all we have to do is focus on those problems we can solve for other people.

Yes, jobs may be in short supply but there’ll always be plenty of customers with problems to be solved. Customers for goods and services yet to be invented.

If we can all learn to look for customers, rather than jobs, and make sure we have the skills and knowhow to solve problems for those customers, we’ll always have work and from that over time we can build wealth too.

The nature of work:

Work is just doing stuff for other people in return for money. It’s that simple.

Opportunities will always be there and we can choose to take them or not. For the fleet footed there will always be opportunities to make money, regardless of politics and political personalities.

Create your own future:

Find customers you can serve, serve them well and you’ll always do well.

And it doesn’t matter whether you were successful or otherwise at school either. That’s actually irrelevant. There are plenty of successful and wealthy people who failed to shine at school.

Skills can be learned and knowledge can be gained at any time in your life.

So look around for people you can help, improve your knowledge and skills as you go along and gradually enhance your earning ability. It can be done; people do and you can too.

Today’s assignment:

So let me finish with an assignment for you.

Look around for a problem to be solved. Look carefully and you’ll find plenty of them I promise you. Now, who’s the potential customer? What skills will you need if you are to solve that problem for the customer? And once you’ve identified those skills, how will you get them and by when?

Now think about this asssignmnent carefully. By applying your unique talents and knowhow, whose problems could you solve? To whom could you be an answer to their prayers?

How to make the most of your future:

The future’s as bright as you want to make it for yourself. It’s all down to you.

Don’t just let life happen to you.

Start right now and make it happen.

Create a future that’s right for you.

Don’t just accept whatever life throws at you; go out and get all the things you really want.

Other people do and so can you. Go on, get started, Now!

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17 Principles of Personal Achievement

Personal AchievementInterested in personal achievement dear reader?

Perhaps you’re keen to succeed but you don’t quite know where to begin?

Well a good place to start is to look for successful people, work out what it is they’ve done to become successful and then use them as your role model and template.

In other words, if you copy what they’ve done there’s a real possibility that you can be very successful too.

And whilst you’re doing that, identify all the great people who write about personal achievement and read some of their books too.

One great book I can recommend is Napoleon Hill‘s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement.

It’s available on Amazon of course but this video embedded here offers a summary for you.

This video is interesting, useful and well worth your time. And of course if you’d like to check out the audiobook then just  CLICK HERE.

17 Principles of Personal Achievement:

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15 Quotes by Ellen DeGeneres

Quotes by Ellen DegeneresToday I offer you 15 quotes by Ellen DeGeneres.

Well-known to millions worldwide, Ellen DeGeneres is a popular American comedian, television host, actress, writer and producer.

She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

She’s likeable and smart and she’s enjoyed a successful media career, so it’s well worth reflecting on her observations in the many quotes with which she has been credited over the years.

I’m always interested in what successful people have to say and you should be too. If they’ve been there and done it then we can learn from them.

So here are today’s quotes.

Quotes by Ellen DeGeneres:

  1. I would love for the world to be happier. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  2. Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  3. It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No but they’re what make us unique. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  4. I say always follow your passion, no matter what, because even if it’s not the same financial success, it’ll lead you to the money that’ll make you the happiest. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  5. A lot of money with the wrong career is not going to make you happy. If you have money without happiness, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about happiness. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  6. If you want to get rid of stuff, you can always do a good spring-cleaning. Or you can do what I do. Move. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  7. I used to beat myself up about weight and working out, and no matter what I did I never felt good about myself. I decided to accept myself and know that I am good. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  8. People love gossip. It’s the biggest thing that keeps the entertainment industry going. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  9. Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  10. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  11. Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  12. I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  13. We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common – which is – we all want to be happy. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  14. The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift. ~Ellen DeGeneres
  15. Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else’s expense. And I find that that’s just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else’s feelings. ~Ellen DeGeneres

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The way to discover your true potential

Discover your true potentialWhat’s the way to discover your true potential? That’s an interesting question.

Have you ever considered what your true potential might be dear reader?

Have you ever thought you might have some hidden depths about which even you cannot be sure?

Certainly there are many people who underestimate their ability or they simply allow negative thinking to stop them exploring all that they could be.

It’s easy for us to think that really we don’t have much to offer in terms of ability.

We all worry about being ‘found out’ at times. We all experience self-doubt. That’s natural but we must keep any self-doubt under control.

Negative thinking is like the weeds in your garden. If you’re not careful the weeds take over and your garden suffers. Well your mind is just like a garden.

And like a garden, you must tend it well.

Nourish your mind with learning. Be inspired by books, film, song, and inspirational videos and audio programs by the great thinkers of our time. Encourage healthy thoughts and an even healthier outlook.

Let me remind you dear reader, you really do have enormous potential.

Human beings have unlimited capacity to develop as many skills as necessary.

Unfortunately far too many people go through life with their potential untapped. And that’s really sad, wouldn’t you agree?

The world needs all the skills and ideas it can get.  You have the capacity for ideas in abundance. The world needs your full potential.

Do you need a little help to discover your full potential? If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone. There are plenty of people just like you but help is at hand.

Discover your true potential:

The late, great Jim Rohn was one of the greatest philosophical thinkers of our time. Certainly when it comes to personal development. I’ve read all his books, watched his videos and listened to his audio programs. And I still do frequently. I find his work truly inspirational.

In the following video Jim Rohn offers some words of wisdom on just how you can go about discovering you true potential in life.

This video is truly inspiring and it is well worth a few minutes of your time. In fact anything by Jim Rohn is well worth your time in my opinion.

I think Jim Rohn was one of the best motivational speakers I’ve ever heard. He has a homespun, folksy philosophy but don’t be fooled. His messages are simple but powerful. So listen and learn.

Jim Rohn’s simple messages resonate with people as much today as they did when he made his speeches originally.

If you only have time to listen to one motivational speaker then Jim Rohn is undoubtedly the one to whom I always turn and I recommend you do too.

Recommendations for your personal library:

As I said earlier, Jim Rohn is one of the best motivational speakers I’ve ever heard and he’s been a big influence on me, that’s for sure.

He’s produced many books, videos and audio programs over the years and all of them would add real value to your own personal library.

Two I can strongly recommend you add to your personal reference library are:-

Book: Seven Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn

Audio Program: The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn

I purchased both of these a couple of years ago and I still use them constantly as sources of inspiration and motivation.

The audio program is particularly useful as I listen to it whilst driving. This means I can use my travel time profitably. Why listen to the radio when you could be listening and learning whilst you drive?

Purchasing these items represents money well spent for me and I’ve found them enormously useful and I strongly recommend them to you.

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Even if you don’t buy them they’re certainly worth considering. Go on check them out right now whilst it’s fresh in your mind.

Should you make a purchase, you will not regret buying them, of that I’m very confident.

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How is success achieved? Could this be the secret?

How is success achievedHow is success achieved? Certainly many desire it but few really achieve it. Why is that do you think dear reader?

Could it be all about your mindset? Can your thinking have an impact on whether you succeed or not?

Well in the embedded video, Carrie Green suggests that your mindset really does matter.

Programming your mind for success:

This is an inspirational talk on the subject of success from Ms Carrie Green given at TEDxManchester.

Her underlying message is that success is never achieved by accident.

Success is in fact achieved by knowing what you want, knowing why you want it and then programming your mind to drive you towards your goal.

I’d not heard Carrie Green speak before I stumbled on this video but I must say I’m very impressed.

If you can spare a few minutes then this video is well worth a little piece of your time. I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed. Recommended.

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15 Quotes by Jim Rohn

Quotes by Jim RohnThe late, great Jim Rohn was one of the best motivational speakers of all time in my opinion. Certainly he’s one of the best I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard plenty of them over the years.

Sadly, by the time I came across Jim Rohn he’d already passed away but I wish I’d discovered him years ago.

I’ve read all his books, I’ve listened to all his audio recordings and I’ve also watched all the videos on YouTube which feature him and his work. And not just once, I go through his stuff regularly and I think he’s brilliant.

If you’re looking for inspiration and he’s new to you then check him out. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. He’s truly inspirational.

To prove my point, here are 15 quotes by Jim Rohn to inspire you.

These are some of Jim Rohn’s best loved quotes and I hope at least one or two of them will inspire you.

Quotes by Jim Rohn:

  1. Either you run the day or the day runs you. ~Jim Rohn
  2. Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. ~Jim Rohn
  3. Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Jim Rohn
  4. The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. ~Jim Rohn
  5. You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour. ~Jim Rohn
  6. Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits can make you a fortune. ~Jim Rohn
  7. Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you can’t get more time. ~Jim Rohn
  8. Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely. ~Jim Rohn
  9. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. ~Jim Rohn
  10. We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. ~Jim Rohn
  11. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it’s something you design for the present. ~Jim Rohn
  12. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you’ll have to settle for the ordinary. ~Jim Rohn
  13. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. ~Jim Rohn
  14. Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want. ~Jim Rohn
  15. Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals. ~Jim Rohn

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How to improve your life quality and enjoy what you don’t have now

How to improve your life qualityHow to improve your life quality? That’s a question we all ask ourselves when life does not quite meet our expectations.

Embarrassed by circumstances:

Have you ever been embarrassed by your limited circumstances?

All your friends were going on a night out perhaps but you couldn’t join them because you simply didn’t have the money, perhaps?

You really wanted to join them of course but wealth and financial freedom were nothing but a distant dream for you then.

Maybe you’ve not had that particular experience but something similar, possibly? The actual situation for you may have been different but your sense of embarrassment will not have been any less painful and hard to bear I’m sure.

In one of his audio programs, Jim Rohn tells a story about an event that drove him to take a very close look at his life.

Apparently a Girl Scout called at Jim’s house one day selling Girl Scout Cookies as part of an annual fund raiser. In exchange for the cookies all she asked for was just two dollars.

This was many years ago of course but even then this was not a huge sum of money.

However Jim’s problem at the time was that he didn’t even have two dollars to spare, so he was reduced to lying to the poor girl. At this point wealth was something Jim had yet to encounter.

Money does matter:

Now some people will tell you that money doesn’t matter but it does. In our world today you can no more live without money than you can live without oxygen.

Exactly how much money you need depends on your preferred lifestyle of course. If you don’t want much out of life then you’ll get by on very little money.

However most of us do want more out of life hence having at least a degree of wealth does matter.

Wealth and financial freedom:

Put simply, wealth means financial freedom.

Financial freedom in turn means you being able to do what you want whenever you want and not feeling constrained by your circumstances.

A worthy aim therefore is to decide what you want out of life and then start working towards building your own wealth.

It all starts with change:

Have you ever thought to yourself, I don’t want to live like this anymore?

Perhaps you said to yourself, I want more out of life?

You want more but the problem is you have no idea how to change your circumstances, right? It you’re in need of a little help then don’t worry dear reader, you’re not alone.

However one thing you must accept, unless you change nothing will change.

You must increase your value:

Perhaps you look at your salary each month and think how can I start building wealth when this is all the company pays?

If that’s how you think then you’ll need to change your philosophy or the way you look at things.

The salary you get maybe all the company pays you but it’s for the value of the contribution you make. There will be other people who are paid a lot more than you. They’re paid more than you quite simply because they’re considered to be more valuable than you.

I’m not suggesting that you’re not valuable. You are; as a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a friend or even a colleague.

However my point reflects your economic value to your employer.

It’s a fact that if you’re in a low skilled job where there’s an over-supply of potential replacements for your services then you won’t earn much. That’s simply the economics of supply and demand.

However just because you’re not more valuable now doesn’t mean you couldn’t become more valuable.

You can increase your skills with a little effort on your part and you can become more valuable. Become more valuable and your income will rise.

So whilst your circumstances may be limited right now they don’t have to remain that way.

You can work on yourself; improve yourself. It’s all about self-improvement and personal development.

Success can be yours:

Success doesn’t just happen to people. No one just gets lucky.

If you asked the CEO of say Microsoft how he got to where he is, his response is unlikely to be, “Well I just showed up for work each day and they just kept promoting me.

No, he’ll have worked very hard to get to his lofty position in life. You don’t get anywhere without hard work.

However you attract success by the person you become and you can become more than you are now.

Jim Rohn suggests that profits are better than wages and he has a point.

Every rags-to-riches story I’ve ever heard always involves someone’s own business. They started their own business, worked very hard and one day they became very rich.

Build a business:

Now you’re probably thinking, I don’t have the money to start my own business and I can’t afford to give up my job on a whim.

That’s all true I’m sure but some people keep their job initially and start their own business as a part-time enterprise.

Jim Rohn himself built his success that way.

Jim began life in modest circumstances but he went on to become a millionaire and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. And in case you’re wondering, no he didn’t go to university.

It can be done; people do and you can too.

Just make up your mind to start working on yourself.

Increase your value and look for opportunities to solve problems for people. Solving problems is the basis of business. Every product should solve a problem for consumers.

The psychology of wealth:

There’s a psychology linked to the building wealth and you would be wise to understand it.

In the embedded video included here, Jim Rohn explains the psychology of wealth and provides a lot of sensible advice.

Jim was a successful man and it’s always worth listening to people who’ve achieved success. They know what they’re talking about because they’ve been there and done it.

He offers simple messages that are thought-provoking and powerful.

This video is well worth your time and I recommend it to you. Watch it now whilst you have the chance.

Recommendations for your personal library:

Personally, I think Jim Rohn is one of the best motivational speakers I’ve ever heard and he’s been a big influence on me, that’s for sure.

He’s produced many books, videos and audio programs over the years and all of them would add real value to your own personal library.

Two I can strongly recommend you add to your personal reference library are:-

Book: Seven Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn

Audio Program: The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn

I purchased both of these some time ago and I still use them constantly as sources of inspiration and motivation.

The audio program is particularly useful as I listen to it whilst driving. This means I can use my travel time profitably. Why listen to the radio when you could be listening and learning whilst you drive?

Purchasing these items represents money well spent for me and I’ve found them enormously useful and I strongly recommend them to you.

Click on the links and check them out.

Even if you don’t buy them they’re certainly worth considering. Go on check them out right now whilst it’s fresh in your mind.

Should you make a purchase, you will not regret buying them, of that I’m very confident.

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How to find and do work you love

How to find and do work you loveHow to find and do work you love? A great question for all you very intelligent readers to contemplate today.

Now not everyone will find the answer of course but most people frequently ask this question in my experience.

Job satisfaction:

How many people would say they get job satisfaction from their work, in percentage terms?

Apparently it’s only around 20%.

That would suggest that 80% of all people hate their jobs.

If true, I think that matters and it’s especially relevant to society if you think about it. Why?

Quite simply because it suggests that most people will not be quite as productive as they might otherwise be. Let’s face it, you can’t really be at your most productive if you’re not happy in your job.

A sense of purpose:

So dear reader, which side are you on?

Does your work place you in the 20% who enjoy job satisfaction or are you one of the 80%?

Eseentially job satisfaction comes as a result of doing work which gives us a sense of purpose.

If we have a genuine sense of purpose, we’ll have a strong desire to do our work well. And we can only do it to the best of our ability if it really matters to us.

Doing our work well matters because that’s how we make a difference.

Hence that’s how we make a contribution and leave a legacy behind us. So in that sense job satisfaction certainly matters.

Consider your work:

Does your work really matter to you?

Does it give you a sense of purpose or is it simply the means for paying your bills? Do you get out of bed each morning looking forward to the day ahead?

No job is ever perfect but, given work takes up a third of our lives, it’s essential that we enjoy what we do and derive at least some job satisfaction from it.

Maybe there’ll be some elements of a given job we dislike but mostly we should enjoy our work because that way we’re better placed to do it well.

In the inspirational TEDx Talk video embedded below, Scott Dinsmore explains how in the early part of his career he was encouraged to do any job just to build up his resumé.

However he very quickly realized that this approach was unwise and resulted in no job satisfaction.

He makes his point with an excellent quote from Warren Buffett who said, “Taking any job just to build your resumé is like putting off sex until your old age.”

Now why would that make sense?

Experience is important of course but work should not just be about building your resumé.

Work should be about adding value and making a meaningful contribution to society.

It should be about using your skills and natural talent to make a difference to the lives of others.

So if success is your aim then the work you do must matter to you.

If you find work you enjoy then job satisfaction will follow.

Put simply, if you like the work you do you’ll do it well. And if you do it well people will notice. And once people begin to notice you then you’re on your way to achieving success.

Knowledge required:

The trick is to find work that you can’t not do.

Something you’d happily do for nothing if you couldn’t find someone to pay you to do it.

That’s the basis for real job satisfaction.

All of this is more easily said than done of course.

Perhaps you’ve no idea about what matters to you in terms of work?

If you’re relatively young and new to the world of work how could you possibly know? In that case you need to start improving your basic knowledge and awareness.

Know yourself:

A good starting point for improving your knowledge is becoming a self-expert. Knowing just what you have in your arsenal.

  • What are your unique strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What fills you with enthusiasm?
  • What fills you with dread?
  • What do you love to do?
  • What do you hate doing?

If I asked someone you knew well to tell me what you’re good at what would they say?

  • For what activity do they regard you as the ‘go to’ person?
  • What do they regularly thank you for?
  • What would you do for fun if you couldn’t do it for a living?
  • On what activity can you lose yourself for hours at a time?

By answering these questions and others like them you’ll get a better idea of what you’re looking for. And let’s face it, if you don’t know what you’re looking for you’ll never find it.

Know your values:

What do you regard as your set of values? What moral framework matters to you when you’re making decisions?

What would you not do simply because you wouldn’t want to disappoint your family? What would make you feel proud if you were to tell your family that’s what you’re doing?

Anything you choose to do should be congruent with your own set of values.

Know your experiences:

The most powerful lessons in life come from the mistakes we make. The lessons we learn from our own mistakes and the things we’ve done are collectively known as experience. And experience is a valuable commodity.

Pay attention to your experience. Think about the things you’ve done right. Think about the things you’ve done wrong.

When have you felt completely in control of a situation regardless of the challenges you face?

When have you felt completely out of your depth?

Think about the things you’ve enjoyed doing. Think about those activities you really hated.

Know what matters to you:

In crude but simple language the underlying question here is, “What is it that you actually DO ‘give a shit’ about?

We tend to do stuff because other people suggest it’s what we should be doing. However it really should be about what actually matters to us.

Identify what it is that makes you come alive and makes you feel energized.

John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi famously said, “Playing the guitar is all very well John but you’ll never make a living at it.

Fortunately John didn’t listen to her and his guitar helped him to make a very lucrative living because he really enjoyed writing songs and playing music.

In fact his creative output continues to generate millions of dollars for his estate almost 40 years after his death.

John Lennon did well because he did something he enjoyed doing and he didn’t allow himself to be influenced by those who thought he should pursue a different line of work.

Confidence compounds:

By working to your strengths your confidence will grow.

Each success you have will improve your confidence. And as your confidence grows, one success will lead to another. It’s a virtuous circle.

Environment matters too:

Jim Rohn once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most time with.

Personally I think this is true.

The people around you really do matter.

They influence you and their attitude rubs off on you.

Human beings are social animals and we exist within groups. We also have to fit into the group otherwise we’re very quickly ostracized by other group members.

Hang around with people who inspire possibility. People who lift you up and not pull you down. Mix with people who will influence you in a positive way. Find role models from whom you can learn.

How to find and do work you love:

Scott Dinsmore’s mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing.

If you can find the work you are compelled to do then you can add real value to your fellow human beings.

Discover what you’re really meant to do and you’ll be on to a winner.

You’ll also get maximum job satisfaction.

Therefore in conclusion, if you’ve yet to find what you’re looking for then keep looking until you do.

In the meantime I recommend that you watch the video. It is though-provoking and compelling and it will be a good use of your time.

Recommended Reading:

There are plenty of good books that will help you identify your true strengths, as well as help you home-in on the work you should be doing.

In the video Scott Dinsmore suggests Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath as a good book to help you in your quest.

Certainly it is worthy of your time, it’s very useful and I have a copy of it in my own personal reference library.

However allow me to recommend another three excellent texts you might also consider. They are as follows:-

Who Do You Think You Are?: Understanding Your Motives and Maximizing Your Abilities by Nick Isbister and Martin Robinson

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore

Find what you were born for: Discover your strengths, forge your own path and live the life you want by Zoe McKey

I have all of these books in my personal library and I’ve found them all extremely useful and helpful and I use them as reference texts all the time.

You can check them out by clicking on the links.

I strongly recommend you take a closer look at them all. You won’t regret it if you do decide to buy your own copies. Check them out now whilst it’s all fresh in your mind.

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