How to Find and Do Work You Love: Scott Dinsmore [TED VIDEO]
Ask yourself why are you doing the work you do?
Taking jobs to build your resume is like saving sex for the old age. Statistics show us that over 80% of people don’t enjoy their work.
Scott Dinsmore’s mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing. He is a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently.
His research led to experiences with thousands of employees and entrepreneurs from 158 countries. Scott distilled the results down to his Passionate Work Framework – three surprisingly simple practices for finding and doing work you love, that all happen to be completely within our control. He makes his career tools available free to the public through his community at http://LiveYourLegend.net
3 simple things all world-changers have in common:
1. Become a self-expert
Knowing what you want is the key to finding what you are looking for. Knowing what are your unique strengths (Strengths Test). Knowing your values, family, career, health, etc. Make sure that your career path will not clash with your values. Taking note of your experiences. What went right and what didn’t, what do you enjoy, what do you want more in your life.
If you know what you want, then you can lead a life where work is not work. When you achieve that, then you don’t wait for weekends to get away from it all. You find your work interesting and sometimes you may even want to work on your weekends and vacations. Not because you have to, but because you want to do it.
2. Do the impossible and push your limits
Two reasons why people don’t do things: we tell ourselves we can’t do it. Others tell us we can’t do something. Everything that has been done was once thought to be impossible. Prove people wrong with small incremental pushes.
The keys to doing the impossible are small steps and persistence. It is unbelievable what you can accomplish if you choose to improve just one thing every day. Improve just 1% every week, and you will be 67% better same time next year. And 3x your current level the year after that.
3. Surround yourself with passionate people
The fastest way to do impossible things is to surround yourself with people already doing them. If 80% of people don’t like what they are doing, then it means that 4 out of 5 people surrounding you are dragging you down.
Like-minded people will help you keep on track and achieve your goals. They will also complement your weaknesses. You can get motivation and support from your peers who have the same goals and values as you do.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. — Priit Kallas, FixWillpower
Take your first step now
Using this framework will help us find things that make us passionate, happy, and successful. These 3 key ingredients are 100% under our control. We have to do our work on ourselves to understand where we want to go. Work is a responsibility that gives our lives meaning. Doing something that gives value to others and improves us is the goal you should attain to.
What is the work you really want to do? Discover that, live it!
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Aspiring entrepreneurs and others trying to make their own way will be particularly comforted by Sivers straight talk and transparency -a reminder that anything you want is within your reach.