23 Apr 2012, 12:10pm
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How to choose your work

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do”         — Steve Jobs

You would be spending approximately ½ of your waking hours in your work. So, making this passion, work, love, interestchoice carefully is immensely important. If your work energizes you and you are having fun, then there wouldn’t be much difference between work and play. If your work contributes significantly to the society then it will fill your life with meaning and purpose. On the other hand, if you cringe every time Monday arrives, and throughout the week you are waiting for the weekend, you are in for some serious trouble.  The dis-satisfaction spills over into other areas of your life as well.

So how should we go about making this critical choice? What questions we need to be asking

–     Should we look at the market to see what the hot professions are with most salaries?

–     Should our choice be one amongst those professions that are considered most prestigious?

–     Should we look at careers that can give us the fastest access to money and luxury?

Before we can accurately make the choice, we need to clarify on our values.. What is important to you? What do you want to get out of work?

–        Is Money, Prestige, and Social Approval most important to you?

–        Or love, expression, & satisfaction more important?

–        Are you OK with doing something which may fetch you less money in the short-run, but will definitely give you more satisfaction, joy, and freedom?

Once you have clarified your values, Get to know yourself, and clarify on your dreams, interests, and talents, etc. Ask yourself –

  1. What do you really really want to do?
  2. What would you regret not having done on your deathbed?
  3. What is something you wouldn’t mind doing for free as well?
  4. What are some things in the world that you want to improve upon?
  5. What comes naturally to you?

Once you get to know yourself, using the above questions, you will begin to see some patterns and threads to help you make your career choice intelligently.

i want to discover some process in the human brain that explains something in the human psyche that makes me famous and lots of money i want to make oil paintings that hang in famous galleries and/or rich people’s houses that enable me to make my children and grand children rich long after I pass away

 

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