The Five Things You Need to Know About Finding the Work You Love

“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers … If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs in a Stanford commencement speech

The Five Things You Need to Know About Finding the Work You Love

One of the keys to happiness — as well as productivity and effectiveness at work — is finding work you love, that you’re passionate about. Work you want to do, instead of just have to do.

If you really want to do it, it barely seems like work at all.

I’ve finally found that work, in blogging here and with entrepreneurship in general. I don’t drag my feet to go to work anymore — now I can’t wait to get up early and start working.

And I’m just one of many who’ve done that — there are people all over the world pursuing their dreams, working with passion, losing themselves in their work. Are you one of them? Do you want to be?

The difficult thing for many people is finding what that work is in the first place. They don’t know where to start, and it seems a hopeless cause.

It’s not. You can find that work, but it’ll take some effort. Here’s what you need to know about finding the work you love:

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What Can You Build In The Next 14,600 Days

What does it mean to have a “career”? For the past 100 years or so, it’s meant finding a company that will pay you a fair wage to do the same thing over and over again for 40 years.

What Can You Build In The Next 14,600 Days

No one seems to want one of those anymore. In fact, the word “career” seems to elicit more of a gag reflex now than feelings of pride.

But I’m a hold out. I want a career – a great one. I think that when you decide to dedicate your life to something and spend 14,600 days doing it over and over again, it doesn’t really matter what it is – you can accomplish something amazing and amass a body of work that truly changes things.

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11 TEDTalks With Counterintuitive Career Advice :

You know how to write a resume and ask for a promotion. These talks go beyond the basics, offering insightful advice on how to think about our work lives.

The counterintuitive career advice you probably didn’t get

 

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why?
Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

How to make work-life balance work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

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More than ever, your network is the most valuable asset you have. So then why has “networking” become a dirty word? Why do we envision sleazy conference goers or slick salesmen when we think of networking?

In this 99U talk, hacker and author Joshua Klein shares how technology and growing “black markets” are optimizing our world for relationships. But building authentic relationships takes work. As a result, we need to be generous with our talents and time and invest in those around us (and then they’ll invest in us). Think of your customers as actual people and think of your product in the term of the relationship it creates. Because it will be your customers that become your next investor, your next employee, and your next opportunity. Humanize your work and the “networking” will follow. !

The Art Of The Thank You Note

One art form that seems to have fallen by the wayside for many people is that of the handwritten thank-you note. A thank-you note is an elegant and inexpensive way to show appreciation to someone who has assisted you in some fashion and also is a stellar way to improve a potential business contact.

What does it cost, and what are the potential dividends?
This is a entrepreneurial blog, after all, so the biggest question is whether or not a thank you note is worth the time and money. It comes down to this: is it worth the time investment (a few minutes) and the money investment (at most, a dollar) to create an additional positive impression on the person you would send the note to? Unless the answer is an emphatic “no,” then a thank-you note is worth the investment.

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Recruiting Your Perfect Mentor

If I’ve learned anything about success in my relatively short time on Earth, it’s that in order to have any chance to obtain it, it’s really important to surround yourself with people that are better at what they do than you are at what you do.

Recruiting Your Perfect Mentor

Having friends and mentors that inspire you to be the best you can be will make a huge difference in your life.

Everyone can think of somebody they really look up to – someone that embodies what they’d like to accomplish themselves – but oftentimes these people hold some kind of celebrity status and feel completely out of reach.

You should know that the right celebrities, though, are actually easy to get a hold of and even very open to new relationships if you approach them genuinely.

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