So you donât know what you want to be when you grow up, huh? Join the club. Most people I know just âfell intoâ their current role. They followed their nose until they got to where they are. Theyâre not overly happy in their job, but it doesnât suck.
And thatâs a big part of the problem. Theyâre busy and theyâre comfortable so they donât make a move. Their job is not causing enough pain to motivate them to change. On top of that, they donât know what they really want. Sound familiar?
If youâve always wondered what you want to be when you grow up, here are 6 strategies to help you work it out:
1. Confront yourself
Ask yourself, âWhat am I willing to sell my soul for?â because we do it every day, in so many ways. We sell our soul when we settle for a comfortable job that sucks the life out of us, little by little.
We sell our soul when we follow the career path that friends and family expect us to follow. We sell our soul when we go for the promotion that will mean long hours and a corner office.
Start making conscious decisions about what youâre willing to live with, and what you wonât compromise on.
2. Learn what you love
Have you ever said, âWow! Iâd love to do that!â when someone tells you what they do for a living? Maybe theyâve said theyâre an entrepreneur, or a photographer or scientist. It doesnât matter what theyâve said, the point is that youâve heard it and been amazed.
Youâve also been a little in awe. Itâs like theyâve reached for the moon and grabbed hold of it. This is a really strong clue that you shouldnât ignore. Itâs an indication of the sort of role youâd love.
âIf you do what you love, youâll never work a day in your life.â â Marc Anthony
3. Ignore your relations
Donât make the mistake of asking your friends and family what you should do. Why? Because they love you and want the best for you. So they give you advice that will protect you and keep you safe.
Truth be told, they probably havenât figured out their own dream career so theyâre not equipped to give advice. Besides, do you really want to do what youâre told?
4. Get a guide
Independent advice, from someone who has no preconceived idea about what you âshouldâ do, can be invaluable. Try finding a good career coach.
A career coach should both support and challenge you. They should also help you acquire skills and strategies that you can use for the rest of your life â any time you change jobs. Even if they donât help you discover your dream role, they should be a worthwhile investment.
5. Find your superpowers
Everyone has superpowers, although they donât always realise it. Your superpowers are the things you do better than anyone else. If youâre not sure of your strengths, try taking a reliable quiz. This gives you an idea where your superpowers lie.
Princeton Review has a free career quiz that assesses your personal Interests and usual style. This sort of tool can help you to discover yourself. It may not be conclusive but it can give a strong indication of whatâs likely to bring you satisfaction and happiness.
âSuccess is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.â â Marilyn vos Savant
6. Scare yourself
The biggest hurdle to your career change is fear. Deep down, youâre scared. Itâs ok. We all are. Weâre all afraid of change and afraid of the unknown â at least a little bit. The trick is not to let it stop you.
The only difference between you and people who achieve their dreams is your ability to overcome your fear. As Seth Godin said, âIf it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.â So embrace your anxiety. Get familiar with a little unease and apprehension.
Challenge yourself. Who knows? You might just find thereâs a braver, bolder version of yourself inside. And that theyâre desperate to help you live your dreams.