What Were You Born To Do?
Quiet Revolution’s Susan Cain wrote an article about finding the perfect career. That perfection, by the way, is based upon the idea that you find out what you want to do and then seek out opportunities that can lead you to the right work.Her suggestion that one can win the ‘career lottery’ is based upon her interview with Chris Guillebeau, author of Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do.
Cain succinctly sums up his basic premise:
- You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.
- You can do good things for yourself and help other people at the same time.
- If you don’t decide for yourself what you want to get out of life, someone else will end up deciding for you.
- There is usually more than one way to accomplish something.
The journey towards that work you were born to do has more to do with ‘going with the flow’ than it does with being so fixed on one career path that nothing else is even an option.The book author’s research indicates that most of us follow a long and winding road, complete with ruts, blind curves and scenic turnouts. If we stay with it and are willing to see where the journey takes us, chances are we will discover that a specific dream job isn’t so dreamy or that adjustments could make it a custom fit. In either case, each step brings us closer to what will be a right fit.
Our Perfect CareerHere at Karen Pierce Gonzalez we didn’t think during our college years that we would be involved in public relations. A natural love of language combined with innate interests in folklore wove themselves together in journalistic work on several daily newspapers. News stories set in the rich diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area became examples of distinct cultural values at work within the larger community.
This gave rise to opportunities to move towards public relations work that helped to shed media light on the good work of community arts and folklore-related organizations. Overtime that grew to include clients who work across cultural lines, including those who work with grieving families as well as those who provide alternative energy solutions to environmental concerns.
We are glad we persevered. A few wrong turns for the right reasons helped to carve out a landscape that was right for us.
We hope you too find the work you were born to do.
To read Cain’s complete article, click here.