A century ago, the route to career satisfaction was linear. People had fewer options. However, today it’s hard to find a fulfilling career that meets your needs because of our rapid technological progress. Consequently, when you don’t know what you want, you’ll end up feeling stuck in a dead-end job.
With so many career options and career advice out there, it’s hard to know which career is right for you. You could have great skills but be stuck in a job you don’t like. Or you might have a passion for something but don’t have the qualifications to pursue it.
Fortunately, there’s a simple formula to pick a good career this year. First, commit to following your passion, even if it seems hard. You don’t have to settle. Second, build your own business around work you enjoy. You don’t have to be miserable at work.
Because the start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect and set goals, here are a few ideas to help you transform your life this year:
Rewrite Your Life Story
Your life is a hero’s journey. The hero’s journey is a common theme in mythology. It starts with a restless hero living in difficult circumstances who goes on an adventure, prevails over crises, and returns home transformed.
Imagine that you love woodworking and have even set up a shed as a woodworking shop, but you work as a middle manager at a large corporation, perhaps hiring and training new employees, dealing with customer complaints, or improving workplace efficiency.
You make a good salary, but you’re frustrated with the work you’re doing, your company’s duplicitous culture, or lack of advancement opportunities. Worse still, you think your boss is taking advantage of you by overworking and underpaying you.
You know this type of environment isn’t good for your mental health, but you don’t know what to do about it. You realize that if you quit, you’ll probably end up in another similar job because of your skills and experience.
What can you do to get out of this mess? Make your hobby your profession by training to become a skilled tradesperson who builds or repairs wooden structures. Reflect on how carpenters use their physical strength, creative thinking, and mathematical skills to build things that can last for decades.
Starting your own carpentry business will give you a good income to provide for your family and live life to the fullest. You’ll also have more freedom and control over your workday. Marketing your business can be simple, too. Using a service like Networx leads, which is a free, online job-matching service by a lead generation company, you’ll be able to attract the right customers.
Don’t Let One Bad Decision Ruin Your Life
Many people are unhappy with their work because they weren’t realistic when first deciding on their career. It’s common to meet someone at a party who quips about being “a recovering lawyer.”
You may have made the wrong career choice because your family forced you to be a doctor, lawyer, accountant, or anything else prestigious. Or perhaps you chose the wrong career after watching a movie where the leading character’s profession appeared fulfilling, exciting, or noble.
If you feel disillusioned with your career choice, reflect on author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s sentiment that “it’s never too late to become the person you always wanted to be”.
Follow The Complete Formula
This two-part formula works if you follow both parts. If you’re unhappy at work, setting up your own business alone will not be the best solution if it just ends up being another job. You need to choose a career that’s deeply meaningful to you; only then will you feel you’re rewarded by your work. It’s a simple formula, but a magical one.
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Greg is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with 22+ years experience in Financial Services. He has held numerous FINRA Securities licenses (series 7, 63, 65, and 66), and is an expert on Investment Products and Financial Planning. Greg has 22+ years experience as a real estate investor and degrees in Psychology and Philosophy.
Greg has been quoted/interviewed in Yahoo Money, Yahoo Finance, USA Today, Authority Magazine, Realtor.com, Business Insider, and others.
Greg is an avid runner, and the father to identical twin girls and their awesome brother. His love of budgeting and his kids led him to join The Great Resignation in 2021.
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