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We live in a society that expects from you to know from an early age what you’ll do for the rest of your life.

For that reason, more and more people may end up in careers for which they have no passion or love.

Here you have five steps on how to build a strong foundation for your career:

1. Love yourself

Unfortunately, self-love is conditioned; fortunately, it’s conditioned by knowing yourself (which is easy to achieve).

Many people say to follow a career based on things you’re passionate about. Yet, as you progress in life, your passions are changing. Therefore, choosing a career based on your passions may turn to be a dead end as you grow older.

Loving and knowing yourself, on the other hand, is timeless. And that’s the reason why this is your first step in building a strong foundation for your career.

Knowing yourself helps you be objective about your strengths, skills, and desires (dreams).

Loving yourself helps you understand and take into account your limitations without prejudice or self-blame.

Rarely happens (at the beginning) for anyone to be passionate about what they do.

Passion comes from:

  • mastery,
  • achievement,
  • and discovery.

So love thyself, know thyself, and choose your path. Choose a career that fits you, and stop trying you to fit (yourself) into a career.

2. Freedom

Don’t you know people that miss great opportunities and chance in the name of freedom? That happens when people see freedom as an end, not the means to success.

“I don’t want to be tied up to that job!” and then, find themselves tied up into unfavorable circumstances.

Most things you choose in life take away a bit of your freedom. Yet, that beat you pay, it’s compensated with success and personal pride as a human being:

  • You feel useful;
  • You count;
  • You matter;
  • You are important;
  • You make a difference in the world;
  • You are not your family and yourself.

So, as the second step in building a strong foundation for your career: Be willing to sacrifice a tiny bit of freedom.

Freedom means very little when all you could do with it is to laze on the couch. Place you’re (both) feet on the same side of the border, commit fully and entirely to your dream.

What is that mean?

It means to decide what you want to do, what’s next for you, choose one path, and then, stay on course. If your thirst for freedom is making you choose in a way that leaves you a lot of open doors, that’s a sign you’re with one foot in your chosen career, and the other is ready to live (always impatient and dissatisfied).

3. Free will

The third step to build a strong foundation for your career is to expand and understand your free will.

Improve yourself everyday so that you can use your free will wisely to determine the course of your life.

In the Latin languages, free will has a bit of a different connotation than in English. The translation for free will is, approximately, “the free arbitrary”, your personal referee.

Having a personal referee implies that you must judge based on your rules and values, each idea and possibility to move forward.

Free will sounds as if you decide what to do based on impulse and desire.

Free arbitrary sounds like you decide, only after an in-depth analysis, weighing your options carefully, using your logic, knowledge, and emotions.

Use your improved understanding of the free will, determine the course of your life and what career to choose.

4. Discover your genetic programming

We don’t like to hear this, but we are genetically programmed with talents and affinities in specific fields, and we are (totally) useless in others.

Yes, we like to know we have talent and potential; however, knowing that our talents and potential are somewhat pre-installed in us by our genes might take a piece of our sense of freedom, free will, and self-determination.

Pay attention, sometimes, you might feel useless in some fields not because you don’t have the talent for them, but because someone told you that you could never master those skills.

For example, did your music teacher (in primary school) tell you, you have a good voice? Or a bad voice? Depending on what that person said to you, today you might be a musician or still believing that you have no talent for music.

You might not believe how much influence the adults had on you as a child. Coming from a position of authority what they said to you sounded like the absolute truth; because of that, it’s possible you have never questioned or investigate if they were right about you or not.

It’s time to reevaluate yourself based on your standards; with the knowledge and understanding, you have now as an adult.

When choosing a career is better to go with the flow of your genes rather than struggling years and years to fit in the fashionable careers of the day.

If you don’t have a genetic affinity to be a doctor, for example, it’s not a question if you can become a doctor; it’s a question if you’ll be an average doctor or an excellent one. And another important question is: how you feel better and more fulfilled in life? Being an average doctor or the best chef in town?

5. Find out your primary preference of discovering the world

Each of us has a different preference:

  • Observation,
  • Experiencing, doing,
  • Learning… Keep on learning.

Yes, we are using all three, but favor one of them. Depending on your preference some careers fit you better than others.

Take for example:

If you are an observer, most likely you prefer to work alone (not in a big team); yet, if you must work with a team, you adapt quickly because you’re the person most knowledgeable…but still might not like it. As a minus, the observer is kind of dull and adores peace and quiet; noise, of any kind, can throw the observer out of focus for hours.

If you are a doer, most likely prefer to work with a team; enjoy the hustle and bustle of a big city; you might love being always on the run. As a minus, you have too much speed to see, really see the scenery of life.

If you are a learner, most likely you’re somewhere between the observer and the doer. You adapt quickly but get bored fast as well. You like to be challenged, discover something new every day, and keep yourself informed.

Choose a career that takes advantage of your preference, and you’ll be, not only satisfied with your work but, pretty soon, passionate about it.

Now that you discovered these easy to follow five steps to choose a career start moving; amazing things are waiting for you!

Written By
Carmen Jacob is the co-founder of upjourney.com and the creator of several self-improvement guides, programs, courses, and books, which focus on using what you already have to improve your life and the life of those around you. She provides knowledge so that you can recognize your opportunities and chances and take advantage of them in an ethical and constructive way.

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