In order to truly love what you do, you must first be doing what you truly love.

~ Excerpt from Chapter 14 of Your Corps: “Your Values” 

Try to remember what you loved when you were a child. Our truest passions emerge in childhood more often than not. Unfortunately, they are often and almost always hindered by the pressures and stress that comes with REAL LIFE. Take a moment and think about what you truly loved long before you had to worry about your career. Acting? Exploration? Taking care of people? Getting back in touch with those instincts is an important step in finding your true passion – your BLISS.

It must never be about physical currency (i.e. money). Eliminate it immediately from the equation. True wealth, abundance, and your bliss will only exist with your ability to look forward to going to “work” every morning and leaving with a sense of accomplishment towards your Company’s mission and vision. Once more, you must be prepared to return with a profound ambition to do it all over again, and again, and again.

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

~ Confucius 

If money were no object, what would you do? Would you backpack through all the wonderful places on our planet? Maybe spend all of your time with your loved ones? Would you start a non-profit organization to help abandoned pets or animals? You must not let financial pressures dictate your choices, but know full well that money cannot be ignored. In the end, your career should lead to financial security. Be forewarned, if financial security is the defining motivator, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll end up doing what you truly love. The greatest currency is the one you cannot hold or even see, but can be felt…

Don’t hesitate to ask your siblings, friends or co-workers for feedback. Let’s face it, some people are just not the best judge of what makes them happy. Ask those individuals who know you closest when you seem the happiest and what you do with the greatest amount of enthusiasm. Their answers may just surprise you. Ask.

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

~ Guatama Buddha 

Think of (or find) a University you would love to attend, and browse through it’s Course Catalog. Find some quiet time and see which courses naturally interest you. What would you study if you could attend that University? What courses do you think you could actually teach? Which subjects do you find boring, and which subjects intimidate you? Revisiting these prospects might assist in pointing you in the direction of subjects that you love.

Identify a professional hero. Think of everyone you know, either personally or in your extended frame of reference (from your favorite Lincoln car dealer to Abraham Lincoln), whose career would you most want to emulate? Reach out to that individual(s) to learn more about how he or she got to where they are, or, if that’s not possible, read everything you can about his or her career and life.

Choose things that not only do you enjoy, but you also do well. Focus on those things—whether you have a way with animals, make a killer lemon tart, or are crazy for origami—and write them down. Then, narrow the list to the top three or four things. Keep it handy, review it often, and use it as your jumping-off point when you’re plotting your career move.