Find Your Career Passion

If you don’t know yourself, you won’t find your career; you will find someone else’s. It can be tough to take stock of who you are, what you’re good at and what career you’d like to pursue. Why is this a challenging process? Because there always will be intrusions within our decision-making process.

We care what other people think of our career, among other key factors. We often ask ourselves, “Will my family, friends, and social network even view me as successful? How much will I be paid? Will I be happy?” The truth is we often ask ourselves the wrong questions. If you want a career, you are looking for purpose. If you want to lead a purposeful life, your first question should be, “What am I passionate about?”

Discovering what you’re passionate about is a journey into what drives you; it’s not about your interests. Sure, you may be obsessed with the perfect cup of coffee. This doesn’t mean you should move to Brazil and become a coffee bean farmer. Why? Because you’re not passionate about researching plant species, cultivating, harvesting and finding companies to buy coffee. You’re interested in drinking it, and that’s not a career. Loving coffee doesn’t drive you.

You will know you’re passionate about something when you are willing to push through any obstacle and get up from any failure in order to keep pursuing it.

Passion isn’t about the final product. For example, I work for a human capital management (HCM) technology company, but that doesn’t mean I’m deeply infatuated with developing technology products. I’m passionate about the people I recruit: amazingly smart, talented and driven professionals who sell our HCM products.

When you’re searching for a career, it’s about being able to express your talent throughout your everyday life. If you’re an expert negotiator and fearless public speaker, and like to sell, maybe a sales career is for you. Or, if you really enjoy building and sustaining relationships with clients, then a career as a sales account manager may be for you.

Regardless of which career field you decide upon, passion must be at the core of that choice. Greatness doesn’t happen by accident, and neither does success. Success begins with steps toward knowing what drives you, the things you’re really good at and working at developing existing skills.

Cut through the white noise of deciding what your career should be. Simplify. What are you passionate enough about that you don’t care about clocking out? Take the time to truly know yourself, and you’ll find the career of your dreams.