The graphic below is from the Harvard Business Review. The first time I saw this, it really got me thinking. To find a career you love, you need to find a marketplace for those services. The person selling horses had a tough go when the market demand tumbled towards automobiles.
So the question is this… Is there an industry / market that will allow you to exercise your passionate skills while satisfying your personal and professional desires? A great place to start is to consider your motivations in life.
What motivates you? People are motivated by many different things. So what gets you excited? Here are a few options to consider:
Now to take the next step, what markets will serve your passionate skills and motivations? In general, there are 3 options:
If you value predictable benefits, vacation time, certainty, predictability and safety of employment – working in the public sector can satisfy your motivations..
If you value a quicker pace with uncertainty, less safety but more potential to win big, and a more dynamic work environment – the private sector can satisfy your motivations.
If you have an appetite for risk along with a true desire to lead, create, and build – entrepreneurship can satisfy your motivations.
There is no “right or wrong” answer. This is all about self awareness. Become an expert of self, and take time to understand your deep rooted motivations and desires. It’s not a race.
When you figure out the answer, you are well on your way to having a career that you love!
In STEP #1 we established the right mindset, in STEP #2 we identified your passionate skills, and in STEP #3 we figured out what markets serve your passionate skills while satisfying your motivations.
In STEP #4 it’s all about modeling success.