The one piece of advice that most successful entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson emphasize over and over is:
“Follow your heart and the money will follow.”
Discovering your purpose can take time, but if you set out to have fun in the process, you will eventually gravitate towards the activities that you are most passionate about.
This blog post from Fast Company provides a glimpse into how passion fuels your ability to persevere beyond challenges, or fear of failure, until you come up with the right combination of factors that will move you into the realm of the extraordinary.
The point is to move beyond just getting by, or surviving through a week in a job that doesn’t suit who you really are or excite you enough to roll up your sleeves to go above and beyond performing simple tasks.
While you may have to take on a job while figuring out what you really want to be doing, be sure to use your available time to continue building your skills in your preferred area of expertise. Some people hold back from doing this, especially if they are drained by a dead end job.
Flip your thinking and let your passions invigorate you.
The more you move into the flow of doing what you love, even if for just a few hours each week, your “business” will begin to naturally expand and provide you with more energy to handle other tasks.
When working with students or clients, it is essential to have a set of tools that provide or encourage a feedback flow.
Tools like the VIA Character Survey open communication channels so that we can start a conversation about what really matters most to the person seeking information or assistance. These assessment tools can also serve as a starting point when interviewing and getting to know a new client. Once the conversation is flowing, we can begin to identify issues important to our clients so together we can form a collaborative plan to move them forward.
One of the best (free!) tools I’ve come across is the VIA Character Survey. (see link)
The VIA Character Survey is a fun and revealing way to get to know yourself and others. The survey was developed by a team of psychologists including Dr. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology” and author of Authentic Happines and Flourish. The survey has been taken by over 2.6 million people in over 190 countries!
Learners and clients can take the survey to self-evaluate character strengths such as curiosity, gratitude, humor and zest. The survey results help individuals understand the character traits that reflect their “true” selves.
My top five character traits are: Gratitude, Spirituality, Hope, Love, and Curiosity
What are your top character traits? Take the VIA Survey and come back and share your results!
Can you honestly say you spend most of your time doing things you LOVE to do?
I work as a Learner Support Specialist for Argosy University. My “job” is helping our students succeed. Outside of the workplace, I’m always inspiring friends and family to be the best they can be by living a full life. This is what happens when you discover and tap into your true purpose.
In the days, weeks, and months to come, I will be sharing many of the skills and strategies that have been most effective in helping my students, friends, and family members for reaching their potential.
I hope you will join this journey and learn to tap into your own potential. Pop back often to see what information, resources, skills, and strategies intrigue you. Or, leave a comment if you have a question or suggestion!