What I wanted for my life, in my choice of career, was a way to live a meaningful existence. Not have "just a job" -- something that I had to do for money to survive or thrive, but rather a fulfilling of a calling.
Society will argue that you do not have a career until that cash money starts flowing in. But the starting line of a career cannot be measured in dollars or hours of work. Your career begins in that mysterious little pink blob resting inside your head -- it all begins with your thoughts and ideas.
There are as many dragons as there are graduates. It may be tackling illiteracy, releasing that great novel from deep inside or building an app that we don't realize we need until we can't live without it. The size and shape of the beast doesn't matter; what counts is your passion.
The requirements are clear: you have to have good grades, be able to perform some cognitive tasks with words and numbers in the form of case studies that you should prepare for and practice, and hopefully look good in a suit.
Set a goal, make a plan, and achieve success? Not so fast. In today's post-recession economy, your five-year plan to achieve your life goal is all but null and void. Today, the road to success is full of twists, turns and unexpected detours.
More and more professionals around the country are choosing career paths that allow for a realignment of priorities and a focus on what is truly important. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom, which for so long has placed career success at all costs.
I got a good education and was offered great job opportunities. But what happens when you find yourself doing everything you were told to do and achieving the American Dream only to discover that what you're doing doesn't challenge, excite or fulfill you in the ways you expected?
In the past, my tendency had been to seek external guidance when making pivotal decisions. But watching Valerie at work must have activated my inner resolve because, for the first time, I felt absolutely no need to reach outside myself for answers.
What the passion equation tells us is profound: we've been stuck because "follow your passion" is wrong. Passion is nothing more than curiosity and engagement over time. The truth is, we're the leader, and passion is the follower.
When I got the message that my business was going through new and different challenges, I decided that I should have had a plan B to fall back on. Then after about six very long months, I decided to reinvent my personal brand.
The reality is that no one can slay dragons, attend parents' night, and write the great American novel all at once. I gave my best effort toward doing one major thing at a time to the very limit of my ability. Would I do differently if offered a do-over? Of course not!
In our research on uncovering the sources of meaning at work, my colleague, Brianna Caza, and I have stumbled onto a group of individuals whose day-to-day activities do not fit neatly into our traditional idea of "working."