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Is “Do What You Love” Bad Career Advice?

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Do what you love. Follow your passion. Find your bliss.

When you’re making decisions about your future or your career, is “do what you love” the best—or absolutely worst—advice you can get?

If you Google this phrase, you’ll discover there’s a raging debate.

We’ve scoured the web and brought back some of the most vocal and interesting opinions, so you can decide for yourself. Who do you agree with?   

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The Secret to Getting Ahead: Getting Started

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Starting something new… whether it’s a career, a job search, a new year’s resolution, for example… can be one of the hardest things in the world.

And for the big projects in life—figuring out your future, applying to school, making a career choice—it feels next to impossible to get going.

When it comes to beginning something new, how the heck do you get started? The truth is… it’s easier than most people think. Just follow these four steps:   

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7 Important Steps to Prepare for a Career Change

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It’s the start of a new year. This is the time of year for starting fresh, and for making changes.

Maybe you want to change your career. You’ve decided you want a career that’s a better fit for who you are—today.

Changing careers is an exciting step for your future. But if you don’t know where to start, it can also be challenging, confusing, or just plain overwhelming. Follow these seven essential prep steps to make your career change a success.   

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Dream Career Outside Your Comfort Zone?

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You found a career choice that looks perfect for you. It sounds exciting. You’d be awesome. The only problem? It’s way outside your comfort zone.

Fact is: for many of us our dream career is often one step beyond what feels comfortable or achievable. But does that mean you shouldn’t go for it? Heck no! Follow these steps…   

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Are Your Thoughts Creating Limits on Your Future?

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Do you shoot down career ideas with any of these thoughts?

“I’m not the type of person who …”
“I couldn’t possibly…”
“I’m not talented/cool/strong enough to do that …”

Stop! There’s a difference between knowing yourself (and your limits) and putting limits on yourself. One comes from self-knowledge, and the other comes from self-doubt.

And how you think about yourself has amazing power. Which brings us to this week’s career challenge: don’t put yourself in a box.

Here are some basic ways to tackle this challenge head-on:   

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Forget Passion… Personality Is More Important To Your Career

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“Follow your passion” is a popular career-related expression. The conventional wisdom goes: you’ll find happiness and a fulfilling career if you have the courage to discover your true calling. If you’re not brave enough, however, you’ll become an empty shell of a human being with a commute-work-die life.

We’re constantly told that fulfilling work comes from doing what we love. But is this true?

More and more experts are declaring that pursuing a passion is actually the worst career advice in history. Our take? To find a good career match, figure out your personality first, not your passion.   

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