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How to find your real passion to have that dream job

I was giving a presentation last week in Riga Business School in alliance with University at Buffalo, The State University of New York on how to succeed in your career. One of the core messages in my presentation,  which  is something I strongly believe in, was – find your passion and do something that you are truly passionate about, or don’t do it at all. That statement massively resonated in the audience of entrepreneurs, business leaders and senior professionals in the room.

My 20+ years in business and career experience gives evidence that when you do the job that you are truly and naturally  passionate about and you have the opportunity to apply your talents to add value for others, then you are energized, inspired, well appreciated and recognized as a professional in the team and overall  in the business. If you do something that you are capable of and technically can do well, but have no passion for that job or the results or team or culture in the company – you do not have that sparkle in your  eyes that people highly value and your impact to the results and delivery is much lower. You also do not receive the appreciation and recognition from people around you since – you are just doing your job.

It works like a snow ball effect – the more passionate you are, the more eager you are to do the job with excellence, putting into it your heart and mind and being personally excellent at it. More people will recognize that and see how you add value – more projects and opportunities come your way as people notice that you are great at what you do.  As more  opportunities come your way to do the job that you are really passionate about, the more your inspiration, contribution, added value and appreciation grows. And then will come the time when someone comes to you and says: ”Would you like to take that dream job?” Literally. Evidently. Confidently. Because you are great at doing that kind of job and people have noticed your results, your drive and your passion.

When I reflect back on every job that I have been doing in my career – I have succeeded most in the jobs where I was truly passionate about what I do or the purpose and content of the job let me apply my talents. Or – when I shaped the purpose and content of the job to fit that well.

It is also been proven in the scientific research that when you do the job that you are passionate about, you are a more happy person and your soul and body reflects that – you are a more positive, solutions focused, impactful, healthy person. If you are not happy or do not enjoy the job that you are doing – your soul and body instantly reflects that through your behaviour, attitude and health.

But what to do if you do not know what is your passion? 

I have been asked this question frequently in the personal brand development workshops that I am facilitating with the companies to help professionals to be more personally excellent, better collaborate in the teams to implement the strategy and succeed in their careers. Also – in individual coaching sessions this question comes up time after time. And with no surprise – I was asked this question a few times last week in the presentation in Riga Business School.

There are several ways how to discover your passion. There is no one way that would suite everybody. I will share with you 3 most common approaches on how to discover your passion:

1. Sometimes you find your passion through challenges that you experience in life or at work

Sometimes the challenges that you experience in your life or career helps you to discover your real passion. At the beginning it feels really hard to experience and go through all these challenges, but when you have travelled that challenging journey and have found your solution or victory over the challenges, you learn something new about yourself, you discover a different angle of your personality or capabilities.

And – if you have resolved that challenging situation or period in your life for yourself, you become passionate to help others and share with others the tools and strategies that you have applied to resolve. Or the mindset techniques that you have learned along the journey. Or mistakes you have made and how others could skip them.

I will share with you a situation with one of my colleagues. Bear with me – I will cut the story as short as possible to bring the essence to life:

I had a colleague that experienced a very challenging period in her life and work. If you think your life is difficult sometimes, believe me – she had one terrible situation after another all year long. She has been a hard worker all her life – really dedicated, driven, committed to do her job with excellence. Once from some really tough emotional situation at work and a terrible accident in her wider family at the same time, her mind and body could not handle it any more and she had a really bad stroke, which took the majority of the year to recover.

Having  partly recovered and being totally committed and dedicated to work, she returned to work and worked a lot and hard, while the doctors did not want to let her come back to work yet and her body had not recovered yet fully from the stroke. During that period,  on the way to the office she got in a car accident which damaged her back and again – it took  massive amount of time and pain to recover. There were a few other really difficult situations in her work and private life. On the recovery journey the doctor and medical specialists recommended her to take better control of her emotional state, let go of the experienced emotions and bring in work life balance and mindfulness into her life.

Now she has fully recovered. She has let go the emotions that were upsetting her. She is a stronger, much happier and more impactful person. She has pulled together a workshop to help other colleagues to feel more confident to have wellbeing in their work life. She has even been nominated for the annual recognition awards in the company as “People Who Make a Difference”.

She is now passionate in helping others to ensure balance in their life and to be more effective while more congruent with themselves and work. She has been through really difficult times, but has since recovered and is now truly passionate to help others not to get  where she was. She is now a hugely energized, passionate, and happy person. And people around her recognize and appreciate that. And she gets the opportunities to do more of what she is passionate about. As she is great at it. And adds massive value for others. And now the HQ have established a new job role: Wellbeing Business Partner, as there is a business need to implement wellbeing strategies and tools across the business.

2. Explore your past likes and dislikes to discover useful insights

One of the techniques that helps to discover your passion is – exploring your past. Exploring what did you like doing in your past roles, or at school or in your free time or in your childhood. And how can you now translate it to the current business world to add value. As an example – I liked observing people, exploring what are their aspirations, what they want to achieve and what do they need to change or tailor slightly to be more successful.

Hence, I studied psychology and worked in human resources leadership and a few years ago I tailored that “like” in my passion for personal brand development coaching. The core is the same, it’s just a different way on how to implement it. Now I am coaching ambitious and dedicated professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs to unlock their highest aspirations, think bigger, get crystal clear clarity and success strategies to achieve their ambitions and sky rocket their career quicker, smarter and bolder.

I never liked to be told what to do or to fit in the particular process or system. Hence, I am more passionate about a  job that involves creativity, that needs to come up with solutions, resolve challenges and widen wider horizons to think bigger and act bolder.

3. Some people just need to keep trying out different things

What to do if you think you have discovered your passion, but after a while you are not sure and want to do something different? Well, some people just need to keep exploring and trying out different things. The well known writer Elisabeth Gilbert once said in her speech that maybe you are a hummingbird and have a curiosity driven life – you just need to keep exploring and trying out something new. We need these kind of people in our life who are great example of courageous moves – starting something new and different in their life, making that bold decision to change and start again. To not keep doing something that you actually are no longer passionate about.

Take one of my sisters for example – she is now studying to become an expert in her fourth different professional area. She has changed her interests from having completed professional cookery school and being a really great cook to obtaining an international tourism management degree in university and working in the hospitality and tourism industry to being a massage therapist and now for the next two years she is dedicated to study towards being a professional facial beauty expert – a completely different area from all before that involves medical studies, chemistry, physics and other subjects she did not study before.

For some people reading this, it might feel slightly confusing or indecisive, but I am proud of her that she does not settle with the job that she is not passionate about.

My recommendation is – keep exploring to find your passion and do something that you are truly passionate about. Or don’t do it at all. When you follow your passion, people notice your drive, inspiration and energy and added value, and will offer you to do more of it. Because you are great at it.

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2. Get crystal clear clarity on your offering and credibility

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5. Share your message with the right audience and enjoy many job offers!

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Or to be offered that dream job you aspire to.

Or may be because of constant change in the organization, you fear being made redundant one day?

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Frequently I have been receiving questions from my clients – do you have a proven formula that could be easily applied and help to make an impact for career success. That inspired me to develop this eBook and share with you my proven Career Success Formula.

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3-Step Success Mindset Technique For Your Dream Career Destination

There are two types of people on the journey of following their dreams: people who talk about following their dream and people who take action towards it. Be the one that takes action!

Here is a good method to follow the 3-Step Success Mindset technique to reach your dream career or business destination:

Step 1. – Pay attention

Pay attention to what you truly want to achieve. And why you are doing this. What is your WHY to follow your dream. What is your vision and mission along the way. Is your dream, for  example, to develop an organic cosmetics business with a vision to inspire people to live more healthy lives and get educated on  how much better organic cosmetics are versus chemicals that creates a number of dangerous illnesses? Or is your dream to develop your own pillow production company with a vision to ensure everyone who suffers from backpain gets the right pillow that allows them to sleep well, wake up well rested to have a fulfilling day? Or is your dream to get promoted to Customer Service Manager to ensure customers get the highest level of service to build trust and loyalty? If your vision is not big enough, you will not be able to get to Step 2 – get excited.

Step 2. – Get excited

Get really excited about your dream and how following your dream inspires you and people around you. Feel the excitement and energy shining out of you. Feel the outcomes that you will have by following your dream. How much more energized, empowered, and inspired  are you when you do it. See it, smell it, feel it – how absolutely fantastic it is when you follow your dream.

Step 3. – Never quit

If you are on the path to follow your dream, if you have made that decision and committed to it – never, ever quit. There will be walls of obstacles in  your way, that is for sure. But remember why these walls of obstacles are there – for you to figure out how to overcome them and learn new ways of doing things, communicating with people, getting things done, achieving your dreams. You do not want to quit just 5 meters before reaching the finish line, do you? Keep running. Keep being dedicated. Keep your commitment. Never quit.

Have you ever thought of following your dreams? Business? Career? Personal?

You probably  have thought about following your dreams, haven’t you? Be it your dream to build your own business, your career ambition or any other aspiration. But there is something stopping you, isn’t there? Most people when they get to 35 years of age have lost their dreams, as they try to be practical. And they tend to kill other people dreams too.

Dream killers or inspirers?

Do you surround yourself with people who are dream killers or inspirers? Dream killers do it for 2 reasons – either to protect you, or because they envy you for your dreams. Be aware of the dream killers in your life and the kind of people you surround yourself with. Choose people carefully to share the inspiration with, instead of killing the dreams. Be it your dreams to build your own business, your career ambition or any other aspiration.

Choose your door and the key

There will always be obstacles in your way of fighting for your dreams or aspirations. They are there for a reason – for you to figure out how to overcome them. If you encounter  a high wall and you need to overcome it, how will  you do that? Do you say – there is a wall in  my way, I don’t know what to do. Or would you try to figure out how to climb the wall?

Recently, I heard someone  say:” I don’t see the walls, I only see the doors. And if they are closed, I will make a  key. And if the key does not fit, I will make another one or ask someone for help to make the right  key.” This is what I call, the success mindset. The Success Planner book is one of the keys.

There are always ways how to overcome obstacles on the way to following your dreams.

Obtain clarity

But first you need to get crystal clear clarity that the dreams you want to follow are your dreams. Make sure these are your career or business aspirations. Not your parents, not your spouses or someone else’s dreams, but yours.  And then – choose the approach that works for you to succeed. You can go and learn a new skill that will help you  follow your dream. You can get a coach that will help to further have clarity and commit to actions to build a bridge  that will get from today to your dreams. You can get The Success Planner book and do the coaching and goal setting journey yourself and give me a shout if you have any questions  @ www.TheSuccessPlannerBook.com or you can use any other approach – whatever works best for you. Whichever approach you choose, make sure you take action.

Take action

There are two types of people on the journey of following their dreams: people who talk about following their dream and people who take action towards it. Be the one that takes action!

Personal Brand versus Company Brand – developing excellent customer service

Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room, as per Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. It is about your behaviour – how you treat other people, what you say, how congruent it is to your personal values.

In  companies where leaders highly value customer relationships and service as well as their people inspiration and development, leaders develop their leadership brand to better engage with their people and empower them to WOW the customer.

Personal brand development is more important

Personal brand has become more important than company and corporate brand development. Why? Because people that work in a  company are building a  company brand by  how they serve customers, how they communicate and deliver  or exceed the expectations of customers and shareholders. Customers trust people more than companies and they build relationships with people, rather than with companies.

If you have an issue with a  product or service that  you recently bought, whom do you call? The company? No, you call the person who can help you  solve the issue. And who is answering the phone? The company? No – the person. The way  this customer service person will treat you and help to solve your issue, you will make an assumption about the  company brand experience and will develop your judgement about that particular company.

Great leaders inspire their people to serve the customer with excellence

I have been researching what takes  it from a good to a great leadership, and here is what I have discovered: Leaders who develop their personal brand are much more impactful to inspire their people and teams to WOW the customer. They are very clear on what  is their message, what is their purpose and  role and what they want to achieve to exceed.

Employees need clarity from their leader and vision to follow. Personal brand development makes people more impactful and successful in their roles by having better clarity – what are their strengths and talents, how they can best add value and gain personal satisfaction in adding the value to customers, their company, their teams. Therefore, current workshops and coaching sessions for employees and leaders focus on how to develop their personal brand and to become an integral part of Talent or leadership development.  .

Personal brand development is about clarity and adding value

I encourage people to build their personal brand to be able to better serve customers. Developing personal brand means having clarity on what value you are adding to the people around you, to your customers – in the way how you treat them and help them with solutions. Do you deliver a solution or service that exceeds expectations? People and companies with strong brands never start out with the intent to build a great brand for themselves. They build it to better serve others.

How do you help your experts to differentiate themselves in the market?, is one of the questions for you to ask to develop your company business success. For your employees to have clarity on how do they add value – by providing innovative customer solutions, by being visible, accessible and reachable for your customers, by managing the claims in the way that adds value for customer business, by developing innovative solutions and products that improve life for your customers.

When people build their personal brand, their confidence increases tremendously. Their impact in the team and market increases. They have better job satisfaction and engagement. They are much happier with what they do and how they do it. It is a benefit for employees, for customers and for the company.

Developing careers

The journey of personal brand development allows people to not just better serve customers, but also be more clear on their career aspirations – how do they want to progress in their careers based on their passion, talents, strengths, values – to choose the career that is most congruent for them.

We all know the saying that “people join a company, but leave the leader”. Unfortunately not many companies help their team leaders  develop their personal brand to better succeed in people engagement and customer service. In the best companies, they do. That is one of the approaches that the best companies to work for are taking to develop their people, leaders and customer service.

Based on a survey conducted by Glenn Llopis organization in USA, less than 15% of people have truly defined their personal brand and less than 5% are living it consistently at work – each and every day.   Why?   It can be extremely challenging and it requires a tremendous amount of self-awareness, action and accountability. Because when you develop your personal brand and commit to it, you will  live your personal excellence every day. That is very rewarding, but also challenging.

I believe that personal brand is not so much about self-promotion, but it is rather a commitment to advance yourself by differentiating the way how you are serving others and adding value to others lives. I wish there were   more companies in the market who do so.