“The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”
– Janet Fitch
Recently, I read an article written in 2013 for the Daily News that said 70% of Americans hate their jobs. I suspect by now the number of dissatisfied workers is even higher, but why is that? Why would someone spend 20 years or more working in a job they hate? Obviously, there isn’t a simple answer to that question, but I believe the best way to live a life of happiness is to do what you love. Think about it. The most successful people in the world are all doing something they love, are passionate about, and believe in.
Unfortunately, many people don’t know what they want to do. Many people have stopped dreaming and they’re only focused on paying the bills and raising the kids. If that’s you, don’t worry it’s never too late to find your passion. The following exercise is designed to help you dream a new dream. Don’t worry about how you’ll make it happen. For now, just start brainstorming and only focus on discovering what you want to do with the rest of your life.
Write your answers down and don’t overthink it. For now just write the first thing that comes to mind.
1. What talents do you have? (Everyone has talents so if you don’t know what yours are, skip this for now.)
2. What hobbies do you enjoy?
3. What are you passionate about?
4. What are you doing when you’re happiest?
5. What kind of people do you enjoy working with? (creative, technical, entrepreneurs, etc.)
6. What environment do you enjoy working in? (outside, office, warehouse, from home, etc.)
7. What tools do you like to work with? (hands, computers, instrument, etc.)
8. What did you dream about doing as a kid? Why did it appeal to you?
9. Who do you admire and why?
10. If money was no object, what would you do?
11. If you could get a free education, what would you learn?
12. If you could solve a social problem, what would that be?
13. What do you want to be remembered for?
14. What could you imagine being in your life so that when you go to bed every night, you think, “I can hardly wait for tomorrow!”?
15. What career or business would allow you to use these things?
Hopefully, answering these questions helped you to start developing a new dream which will start the journey of creating the life you desire. If you need a more motivation, check out this video from Motiversity – Find Your Dream. (You can subscribe to their YouTube channel here.)