As you try to figure out what you want to do when you grow up, there’s thousands of things that you could be investigating. Not only going out and looking at the world around you, but also digging down to your internal needs and motivations.
There’s some important questions that can help to guide your investigation and decisions, but today let’s focus on what I call the “who” questions.
Who am I? This should be the starting point, even before you go out and look at opportunities in the world. There are a lot of choices you could make, but you have to make them based upon your personal set of values and goals. So start by looking at your past – your entire lifetime – and how that made you who you are today.
Who do I want to be? As you’re looking forward, most people sense a gap between where they are and where they want to be. Sure, you want to create a good life for your future self and your family. But more importantly, what’s the character traits that you want to develop? What accomplishments do you want to be known for? And then — who is the new person you need to become?
Who can I rely on? None of us is in this life alone; we’re all travelling with friends, family, and supporters. They will help you achieve your goals, especially if you help them achieve theirs. If you don’t feel like you have enough people to draw upon, then start creating the list of who COULD help you move ahead if you worked to develop the relationship.
Who do I need to know? As the natural outgrowth of the previous question, you can develop the list of people with whom you’d like to work, play, and make a contribution to the world. Think of each of them as a partner, rather than just someone who needs to give you something.
Who will care? Sometimes you’re developing yourself for your own self-fulfillment, but many times you also want to make a contribution to the larger world. Starting with your family, your friends, associates, and community – who would you like to care that you are in their lives? What do you want them to be thinking about you?
The answers to these questions will help you to design the career that will fill your life with joy. And more importantly, the SEARCH for the answers will give you some key insights into your situation and the people you’re travelling with on this journey.
An important resource
I was talking with a lady this morning who is in the business of helping people figure out whether they want to build a business, or buy one from someone else. It was fascinating for me, especially with my recent decision to connect up with Small Fish Business Coaching.
Many people are thinking about going into business for themselves, especially if they’ve become burned out on working for others. There’s a surprising amount of vitality in small businesses, especially because so many people have been shed from jobs in large companies. It gives me great hope for the future of small business.
If you’re thinking about starting your own company or buying into someone else’s, look for local advisors who can help you with the decision. I was speaking to a person from FranChoice, but there’s plenty of other options. It’s a great asset which can help open your eyes to making the right decision based on your personal goals.
|Carl Dierschow is a Certified Small Fish Business Coach and author of the career management guide, Mondays Stink! 23 Secrets to Rediscover Delight and Fulfillment in Your Work. He is a career coach for those going through interesting transitions, and works with small business owners who need to create breakthroughs in achieving their business goals. Find out more at www.Dierschow.com and www.SmallFish.us.If you are interested in individual career coaching, group coaching, or other resources which might help you with difficult choices, please contact Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
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