Hello my fellow readers. I’m slightly excited as I have a new laptop and it’s beautiful. It feels and looks a little like a Macbook but at the fraction of the price. I can’t get over how light it is. There’s something joyful about typing on a brand new computer so I’m hoping it will make this post and all those to follow the best they can be. They say a blogger is only as good as their tools.
Anyway, I thought of this post at about 1am this morning during a fit of insomnia. I’m sure it’s probably been done before but I wanted to put my own spin on it. I see so many people (mostly within the 18-25 age group) who just have no idea what they want to do with their life. There’s nothing wrong with that but life can sometimes feel a little worthless without drive. Don’t go through life feeling helpless! Follow my tips and pinpoint your purpose.
- WHO ARE YOU?
Firstly, you should work out who you are. What sort of person are you? What makes you tick? What don’t you like? By narrowing down your likes and dislikes, you should get a clearer picture of your personality. It might even help to think back to what you enjoyed at school or at a young age. These are often things we forget about but are experiences which have shaped our personality. Make a list of all the things you have achieved in your life (awards, volunteering, work, hobbies, travel) and hone in on the ones you are passionate about. You could even go as far as to taking a personality quiz to find out what career you personality matches. I like this one.
2. TRY EVERYTHING
How do you know what your passion is if you haven’t tried different things? How do you know there’s not something more interesting out there than what you’re stuck doing? I’ve tried many different jobs and not only ruled out things I don’t like doing but have gained a multitude of skills along the way which have stood me in good stead at interviews. Sometimes we do have to do the boring jobs in life to get to where we want to be. Remember it’s not giving up if you gave it your best shot.
3. YOU’RE NOT A FAILURE
You will get many rejections over the lifespan of your career and at first this will be hard to take but you will get through it and it’s bringing you ever closer to where you need to be. Just because you haven’t found what you want to do in life, doesn’t mean you are a failure. It takes people years to find what they really want to do. I know many people in jobs they don’t enjoy because they have simply settled and given up on finding their passion in life. Don’t be that person, make the most of every opportunity you are given.
4. STOP LOOKING
Sometimes if you are trying so hard to make something happen, it just won’t. Don’t force yourself to enjoy something if you really aren’t. Look at something completely different to what you are doing. It could be that your interests lie in a different field. If you are narrowly focusing on one thing then your eyes aren’t open to other opportunities. However, if you are pursuing one line of work (like I am – and having no luck) then remember not to give up. Take something in the mean time and hone your skills to kick some ass.
5. ASK OTHERS FOR ADVICE
Ask your friends and family what they think you’d be suited to. They have an outsiders view and can often tell what makes you truly happy. They also see how you interact with others which is vital when it comes to applying for a job role or even just determining a passion.
So don’t feel like you’re alone in the world. There are so many people out there like you who have no idea where their life is headed. They so desperately want to find something they are passionate about, they just have no idea how to get started. Seek inspiration in the everyday (music, books, TV, online) and follow the steps above and you’ll be well on your way to success 🙂