“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.
Recently, I led a career coaching workshop for accomplished women. They were worried about finding careers and making their way in work and life as they headed toward graduation.
Specifically, they wanted to be able to “make money without selling out.” And they’re not the only ones saying this — I hear this more than ever today in an environment that praises do-gooder creatives and laments bureaucrats and bankers.
Want to build a career without selling out? Here are the steps to make it happen:
As a young professional, you’ll inevitably encounter career-related situations you’ll have to deal with: bad bosses, catty colleagues, work-life balance issues, considering new job opportunities. Navigating the real world isn’t easy, but with experience, the lessons you learn begin to stick.
As you begin your career, you should master certain skills that will encourage your success. Not quite there yet? Here is a list of the top five career-related tasks you should know how to perform, and quick tips to develop those skills:
Think of yourself as a financial entity, a brand worth nurturing and protecting… “Me Inc.”
You are the only person who cares about your career success and you must learn how to survive and prosper. Here is a breakdown of what you need to have as a small corporation: Me, Inc.
You already may be familiar with the concept of return on investment (ROI) in a business context. When evaluating a project, initiative or expense, leaders want to know what costs to expect compared to the benefits anticipated over time. This is the ROI.
But have you heard this same concept applied to your career… your “career ROI”?
“Hope” is a feeling of expectation and desire for events to happen. “Hope” is a heart-warming mantra for spectators of the world. It is my belief that “hope”–this blinding euphemism–keeps people from succeeding more than anything else.
I don’t hope anything for anyone … including myself. I even try to remove it from everyday speech.
In fact, I detest it. And you should, too.