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This 13-Year-Old Knows How To Get Your Dream Job

This 13-Year-Old Knows How To Get Your Dream Job

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Our poor kids. Constantly bombarded by adults with the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As if we’re searching for hope in their eyes that they’ll fulfill the dreams we never could. That they’ll do something amazing with their lives… maybe have the freedom to travel the world, meet and work with incredible people, and do something they’re passionate about every single day.

Related: The Ugly Truth About Getting Your Dream Job

This is what we crave when we ask that question, and in this insanely popular and brilliant TED talk by a 13-year-old kid, we get the answer we’ve been looking for.

“When I grow up, I want to be happy and healthy”

That, according to our TED talk hero, is what it’s all about. Along with doing something “you’re stoked about,” of course. Which is 13-year-old skiier lingo for doing what you love.

We’re going to talk about exactly how to do that: how you get your dream job and are happy, healthy, and doing something you’re stoked about, but first here are…

The 8 Elements of Being Happy & Healthy

  1. Exercise
  2. Diet & Nutrition
  3. Time in Nature
  4. Contribution & Service
  5. Relationships
  6. Recreation
  7. Relaxation & Stress Management
  8. Religious & Spiritual

Our 13-year-old TED talk expert got these eight TLC’s (or Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) from Dr. Roger Walsh, who studies how to be happy and healthy. At the ripe age of 13, he’s applying each of them to his own life… and we can, too.

Each of us can take a look at these areas in our own lives, and ask ourselves, “Am I doing the best I can in this area?” “Could I be happier and healthier if I stepped this up a notch?”

Personally, I’m working on relaxing and getting more recreation time in. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, and I find that when I do take the time to relax or have fun, I get a huge energy boost and all other areas of my life get better as a result.

Now, for the big question…

How This Helps You Get Your Dream Job

Well, by definition, your dream job is something that makes you happy and healthy…something that plays to your strengths, is in line with your values, and makes you feel energized during and afterwards.

So, a good place to start is by figuring out which of these eight elements is most important to you: which one makes you the happiest?

Personally, I chose to get into marketing because of contribution and service. I wanted to make the biggest impact I could, and I envisioned using the power and leverage of marketing to touch the lives of as many people as possible, and help them achieve their goals.

And that’s why I’m writing this article now. With some perseverance and guidance along the way, I’m now able to help lots of people find their dream jobs with purpose-driven companies that are making a positive impact on the world, as well as a profit.

In fact, I teamed up with the founder of an entire list of purpose-driven companies with inspiring missions, amazing people, and an environmental consciousness. Coincidentally, he’s also an expert on getting a job with these types of companies, and in the spirit of contribution and service, we’ve put together a free video here sharing how to do that.

So, ask yourself which of these eight areas makes you the happiest, and then take the next step towards your dream job.

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Ryan Niessen Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world’s best employers and get your dream job. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.