Have you ever had the experience of sending out your resume everywhere, and getting no results? No emails. No callbacks. No interviews. It sucks, doesn't it? I had that experience a few years back. And then a profound realization changed everything for me. I realized that...
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Why is figuring out what we want to do with our lives so painfully difficult? Seriously!
What Are Your "Super Human" Strengths?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyNTg4Mi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MDQwMDM0MX0.FyGLRgS5iCD9ONgo5-C4_Yp7_ePbve-thIfRuZlCdA0/img.gif?width=980" id="016b0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ddb9a350ce104cb6b3e61e263e0ee318" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>According to a <a href="https://www.gallup.com/workplace/236561/employees-strengths-outperform-don.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fortune Magazine study</a>, people who use their strengths and like what they're doing are <strong>127%</strong> more productive than the average employee! </p><p>It makes sense. When you're doing what you're naturally good at, you're more likely to be in flow, that magical state when you're in the zone and feel like you can achieve anything. </p><p>So, how do you figure out your work strengths? You can take Work It Daily's <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/free-career-quizzes-workitdaily" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">free work persona quiz</a> to see what your professional strengths are, and how to use them to your advantage!</p>
What Are Your Core Values?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyNTg4OS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MjUxOTY0M30.sNJpH3da_uWi-giK9UeJ9Fw1pMogB68sHYjEHeN5jOM/img.gif?width=980" id="7bbba" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="de6ce626df5c37a42b9401833647b895" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Do you value freedom, adventure, and risk taking? You might not want to get a desk job. Or what if you value family, relationships, and security? Perhaps you'll find your best fit working from home, or at an office nearby with flexible work hours. </p><p>Figuring out what's <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-find-work-passion?rebelltitem=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">most important</a> to you helps narrow down the field of possible career choices, not only in terms of lifestyle, but also in terms of what kind of company and people you want to work with. Strong values of corporate responsibility and environmental consciousness will mean that a certain group of organizations won't appeal to you, while others will. </p><p>So, do some deep reflection, and list out everything that's important to you. Narrow that list down to 10 items. Then, try to get it down to your top 3-5, and make sure that any opportunity you accept fits with those values. This is an incredibly powerful exercise for me each time I do it, and I think it will be for you as well.</p>
What Inspires You Like Nothing Else?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyNTg5MS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NjA5NTY0OH0.R335qyn7oGP6aGo6Sk6l9ka4Ky9YoyDPqWXS8rs_OLs/img.gif?width=980" id="56cce" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6f74526bbfc7c0d5d7e234ab7aac4976" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Doing something that <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/ways-get-inspired-work" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">inspires you</a> is at the core of reaching high states of happiness, and the most inspiring thing you can do is to contribute to something you feel has a higher purpose. Something bigger than yourself. Like Batman, except without all the violence...hopefully. </p><p>Yet, similar to Batman, one excellent way of figuring out what inspires you is to think about what makes you really, really angry in the world. What can't you stand? Bruce Wayne, or Batman, couldn't stand the fact that criminals were taking over his city, so he took a stand against crime. In doing so, he inspired others. </p><p>So, what bugs you the most in the entire world? And who's doing the best job of solving that problem? When you tap into your strengths, figure out your core values, and contribute those to a purpose that inspires you, then you've found your dream job.</p>
Bonus Tip: Find A Mentor!<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyNTg5Mi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMjQzMjk3Nn0.YvFO8-wQx6hPh0x4OVCdDEjutWZkS6HkPmvvtCfWvIU/img.gif?width=980" id="78625" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9f87f0fca50615e4c658952f246e57f3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Once you answer these three questions, there's a way to speed up your progress even more and get your dream job as quickly as possible: find a mentor. More specifically, by following in the footsteps of people who have already done what you want to do.</p>
We've all been there. We've experienced the feeling of dread, battling traffic as we drive to and from work. The lack of sleep Sunday night as your mind spins, thinking of ways to get out work the next day. Constantly wishing you were doing something else, anything else…
You're Doing What You 'Should' Do<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTc3MjI3My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMTc2MzgyMH0.Mivf9KGobYtODnOl0lB9-B9L7qmuV-Txn87LTGRJ8s0/img.jpg?width=980" id="098b8" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fb8ce8ad9578e211b5faf90e757b5640" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Female employee looking unhappy with the work she has at her desk and deciding whether she should find a new job." /><p>Ever feel like you're constantly doing things you 'ought to do' instead of what you <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/big-questions-accepting-job" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">want to do?</a> If the real reason you're working is to appease your parents, impress your friends, or do what you think your great-great grandfather would want you to do, then you're not being true to yourself, and you'll eventually snap. It's time to tune into what you want in life, and take steps today to pursue it.</p>
You're Incredibly Bored At Work<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTc3MjcwMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMzIwNDE2Nn0.s-qVz_KQ7lgZVu_23T3o_oNGkBCjb34R-RfiTtWCuBs/img.jpg?width=980" id="71672" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="19c79559b77105cf26a991a508b143b4" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young man looking bored at his desk and deciding whether he should get another job." /><p>There's a difference between doing the occasional boring task during an otherwise enjoyable work week and working an entire job that you're bored with. If you're daydreaming of better things to escape the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/career-add-affliction-boredom" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mind-numbing boredom</a>, then it's time to make those dreams come true.</p>
Your Co-Workers Bring You Down<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTc3MzYzNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzE1ODE1MH0.xH8317BiPgQNyrhPVy8mi3aiv1LEYFqBNt0Lzf9YqtY/img.jpg?width=980" id="1de00" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="aae395e481dbbeb751eb0876044d57e8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional upset at his desk while his co-worker yells at him." /><p>People around us have a huge impact on our life, often much more than we realize. So, if you don't get along with your team, find yourself picking up <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-deal-with-difficult-coworker" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bad habits from your co-workers</a>, or just can't wait to get away from them…then that's a pretty good sign the grass is greener elsewhere.</p>
You Say 'No' To This Question Too Many Days In A Row<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTc3MTc3Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxODI1ODE1Mn0.uvrdpXSVakwe-dZOAuLXlIr-qGZdNF34__m8PIvgBPo/img.jpg?width=980" id="81104" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e97bbc02089a41a2b319e838c385d766" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional woman looking stressed at her job, debating whether she should look for a new job." /><p>Here's the really big, final, decisive sign. It's from Steve Jobs' famous Stanford commencement speech, and it goes like this: <em>"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."</em> Powerful, isn't it?</p>
It's simple. If you want to succeed in your life and career, then the fastest and easiest way is to learn from people who have already done it. Related: 3 Clues That Will Help You Find Your Dream Job They've faced the challenges. They've learned the lessons. And their wisdom can significantly shorten your learning curve. That's why you're going to love these three GameChanging ideas on getting your ultimate job from some legends of the business world. Each of these men have done or are doing something absolutely remarkable in the world, and though you may not want to follow in their exact footsteps, there's a HUGE lesson to take away from each. Plus, as a small bonus for being the success-minded individual you are, I'm going to throw in a free resource at the bottom of this article. It'll help you accelerate your success and take the next step towards your ultimate job.
What if the real reason you can't find a job you love isn't because it's hard to do or because “you just can't find anything better"? Related: 3 Ways To Break Free Of Your Boring, Torturous Job What if it's just about how you were taught to “play the game" of your career? Think back to those times in your life where you conquered major challenges. Maybe it was finding love, winning something in sports, or doing something academically. How did you do it? Odds are, you tried and failed a bunch of times. But with guidance from mentors, persistence, and the right insight into how to “win the game" - you did it. Well, with 70% of people unhappy in the workplace and only 1% of traditional resumes leading to a job offer, I think it's safe to say that we haven't been taught properly how to “win the game." The good news is that there's a whole new breed of companies out there called “For-Benefit" companies, which exist to make a profit AND a difference - and are renowned for empowering and engaging their employees. They've created a whole new game with a whole new set of rules… making them what many people would consider to be the best employers out there.
“So, why do you want to be an accountant?" I asked a fellow student in college one day... RELATED: 5 Ways To Make More Money “They get a high salary," he replied. I gave a bit of a friendly laugh, and we moved on to the next subject. What I really wanted to say was: What the heck are you doing!? I didn't want to tell him what to do with his life. It's his choice, and his values. But a high salary is a sad thing to have it all come down to. I mean, money can pay for an enjoyable life. But if you're going to spend 40+ hours a week doing something, shouldn't it provide more than just money? The truth is that you can get more from work than just a big paycheck. You can love what you do. Contribute to a meaningful cause. Grow your skills. Have fun, and work with inspiring people. In fact, many people around the world already have this type of job. It's called...
I still get a bit angry thinking about my first job. They treated us like crap. 10 minute lunch breaks (if that), and if you weren’t running to do something at all times, you were yelled at. Related: The Lazy Job Seeker’s Guide To Getting A Dream Job Thankfully, that was just for one summer, and I’ve made sure I’m treated better at each job since. Yet, that experience left a lasting mark on me, and shaped who I am today. In fact, that experience is part of what drove me to write to you today. See, this is just 1 of 3 types of experiences that we’ll call “dream job predictors." And if you’re feeling a bit lost or confused about what your dream job is, or what your next step in life is, then the three types of experiences I share in this article could be the key to finding the answer. Plus, I include a free resource at the bottom that’ll help you take the next step to gain further clarity on your dream job, as well as make it a reality.