How to Discover Your Career Bliss

If you can’t connect to the work that you are doing, either it doesn’t fit with your needs or you aren’t trying. Some people have an aptitude for math, writing, history, science, computers, etc. They gravitate toward these things because they vibrate their soul.

I know I may be losing some of you here because of this “new age” vibrational talk, but that’s ok. I know I can’t win all of you over with each post. A lot of you really need this information, so I’ll continue.

You have deep needs that need to be recognized or you will never be happy at work. This is why I talk about the importance of reflection. It’s important to sit back and let the mind go to see how your career is humming along. I’ve known a lot of people who didn’t take the time in their twenties and thirties to really listen to how they felt and adjust their careers accordingly, and now they are paying for it in their careers.

I’ve also talked about the importance of being content with yourself before you can be happy with your work. I’ve been developing my work happiness for so long that I would even could be content cleaning a high school. It’s honest and useful work and I know that I could connect with the daily routine, but I also know that it wouldn’t vibrate with my soul’s needs.

Companies should be doing career coaching to help their employees (and themselves) achieve the best work possible. Employees would actually stay longer and feel more appreciated, while the company would learn more about each person’s superpowers and needs. I know building a business takes time, but it would be worth it in the long run. There is too much short sightedness going on in the corporate world. People expect great work from their staff, but they won’t give them the tools to actually do it.

You can’t rely on anyone else to help you find your career bliss, you have to find a way to meet your true needs.

Making the connection

I have struggled at every job I’ve ever had. No secret.

I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere with my career. I tried marketing, mushroom mongering, practicing a trade, teaching, trying to be a handyman, working in retail, and a few others. I also visualized myself doing 100 other jobs, from masseuse to novelist to copywriter to Yoga instructor. I pictured myself doing different jobs and some resonated with me but none of them felt quite right.

I wanted something challenging, interesting, and interactive. I looked at what I had struggled with the most is my career.

I had done a lot of personal development work, ran a lot of teams in the workplace, and was afraid of public speaking, but loved it.

Finally, after many nights of reflecting on my passions and strengths a plan began to form. I knew what direction I should take my career in.

I needed to help people who have struggled like I had. I wanted to alleviate the fear that other people had about doing something that they truly loved. It’s this love that changes the world. Where would we be without people who have felt this deep need to ignore all the naysayers and create something so unique and helpful that the world is changed forever?

This realization only came together after many conversations with my wife, friends, family, strangers on planes, and myself. Yes, I talk to myself. Sometimes I do it silently (meditation) and other times I do it out loud when I’m walking my dog.

I’m not the local town crazy man, whispering to myself and sipping on a brown bagged beer. I make sure that I do it when no one is around. :)

It took hours, weeks, months, and years of work to discover how I can be most useful to this world. I’m still learning and growing, discovering my superpowers.

How do you connect with your vibrating soul?

The real question is figuring what work matches your soul’s vibration. You have to match your strengths with your passions and focus in order to understand your superpowers.

People make the mistake of just using their strengths and they end up feeling empty.

You must be aware of what is in your mind and heart.

I want you to begin by listing 5 of your strengths. Make sure to make each strength a verb. You want it to be an action that you can repeat in various work situations.

My strengths are:

> Writing

> Relationship building

> Analyzing

> Developing new ideas

> Creating solutions to problems

Now list 5 actions you are passionate about. Make sure these are also verbs that you can put into action.

My passions are:

> Speaking to an audience

> Drawing

> Story telling

> Laughing

> Walking in nature

How can you use most of these 5 strengths and 5 passions in a career?

I knew that I couldn’t get all of my strengths and passions into one career, but I wanted to get as many of them as I could.

I choose a career in which I could speak, analyze and be creative. I looked at my background and saw a huge weakness in the world that I could fill.

I could help the 50% of people who hate what they did to earn a living. I could help them use their superpowers to make a difference and love what they do to earn an living. I didn’t really know that I was so passionate about work happiness, but I tried it out. I created a blog and started writing about business, stress, relationships (interpersonal and intrapersonal), productivity, and other work related topics.

After a year I knew that I had found my niche. That’s the best takeaway that I can offer. Try whatever you feel you would love to do as a career on the side. Do you find that researching environmental articles makes you happy? If so, you may be on to something good. If not, you know that this topic/work doesn’t resonate with your soul. Then pick something else and begin to research this topic. The more you dive into what you think will make you happy the better you’ll understand yourself and how it’s possible that you can love what you do to earn a living.

What about you?

Have you found your career niche?

Maybe you are ready for your next career. What are you doing to work toward this new career?

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* Naomi’s post over at Ittybiz talks about the importance of working your butt off to get to where you want to be. She doesn’t put it as nice as that, but never the less a great message.

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Comments

  1. Healing can cleanse a workplace the same way that it can cleanse a soul. I think you’re a healer. If I was invited to heal every employee of a big corporation the change to the work environment would be measurable. Some changes would be chaotic and people would leave, but this is a good thing. I/you could also get the same result with a sports team. This is where the true power of what I’m experiencing can manifest and create an evolving consciousness. Imagine healing a group: everyone with a clear goal, from the janitor to the CEO, waterboy to Coach.

    Cool post. Talk soon, Simon.

  2. I think that the idea that you’ve suggested, of taking time on a regular basis to be aware of how your career is progressing as well as your own feelings regarding your career, is a great idea.

  3. Hi Karl,

    Great post. I’d add that it’s not just whether the actual work you’re doing is a good fit for your aptitudes,as there are other aspects to the work that makes your soul purr. You can have a job that is a perfect match for your talents and skills but if there are other aspects of the workplace that rub your soul the wrong way (not enough autonomy, poor management, low morale, lousy air quality, etc) it still isn’t going to be a very good fit for you. I think part of the reflection process needs to include understanding the kind of environment you thrive in as well as the kind of work you thrive on.

  4. Karl,
    Really great stuff to dig into. When we connect what really matters to us, with that which we excel at – we have found a sweet spot! Great place to be!!

  5. The surprise for me was that finding my “why” and mastering my “how” opened up a world of possibilities. I used to chase the “what”, but the reality is you can take your game anywhere.

    I do pay attention to trends and that helps me ride the waves, or make one when I need to.

  6. Carl,

    Great post! It’s truly sad how some people are stuck with a dead end job and never found a way to build courage to break through it like you did. Connecting all the dots and learning about yourself is the key I think.. what you love.. what make you angry.. what make you happy… I’m really glad you found your career in helping other with the same struggle. Great stuff!!

  7. Hi Karl,

    This is so true:
    “You can’t rely on anyone else to help you find your career bliss, you have to find a way to meet your true needs.”

    No prince or princess charming is coming to save anyone. Nobody is has a magic wand (that works)! We need to take 100% responsibility to do this ourselves. You do a great job giving everyone the opportunity to be helped on this path.
    Thank you!

  8. Hi Karl

    Oh this was such an awesome article. It was a very beautiful way to talk about career matters, and you definitely didn’t lose me with this one. In fact, I resonated with it so much!

    Every time I hear your list of your previous jobs, I can’t help but smile. Your background is so diverse and that is awesome!! So much learning you have gotten from all of this, and I believe that is what makes you so perfect for the work you are doing now and how you are helping people.

    In the end, as always – it really is up to us. Either we put the time in to figure out who we are and want we want, or we pay the price of going to a job each day, we dread.

    Great stuff!

    • Hi Evita, I’m glad you liked it. We all have such diverse backgrounds. Most of us have had jobs we loved and hated. I’ve just taken that information and put it on this blog. I think anyone could do it because we all have those passions that we should be sharing with other people.

  9. Hi Karl — I had the experience of my doubts about doing what I do completely falling away recently when I led my first full-day workshop — there’s no longer any question that this is what I’m here to do. I feel very lucky in that sense.

  10. Karl -

    Good article. Like you, it’s taken me a while to find my niche but it’s definately worth it. Once you’re doing what you should be doing it’s no longer work.

  11. Great info! As a work at home dad, I really need an article something like this, something that will motivates me and help me stay focus on my work. Thanks for sharing this one!

  12. Shelly-Anne says:

    Stumbled across this site, and this entry really struck a chord with me. I’ll bookmark this for future visits.

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