Can you believe that 53 percent of American employees are unhappy at work? It’s not just feeling disengaged or unchallenged, it’s unhappiness.

It’s no surprise that feeling stuck in a job you hate leaks into other facets of your life.

Finding a career you love may seem like a dream out of reach, but it isn’t. You have passions and interests for a reason. If you cultivate those dreams in the right way, you can turn them into your career.

Still doubtful? It’s time to leave the office and start living life for yourself. Here’s how to find a career you love and feel passionate about.

How to Find Your Passion

What if you don’t know what your passions are? Perhaps you’ve been in the 9-5 grind for so long your fire and curiosity burnt out years ago.

You can get it back.

When you know what you’re passionate about, you can start looking at careers that relate. And, when you find that career you love, you’ll never look back.

Here are some ways to find that passion again.

Try New Things

Everything inside your comfort zone has been keeping you stuck in the same place. If you want to create a new and extraordinary life for yourself, get outside your comfort zone.

Make a list of things that scare you but you’re also a little curious about.

It could include public speaking, jumping out of a plane, or even joining a Meetup group for sci-fi readers. Don’t worry too much about career potential yet. Just start exploring new things.

On this journey to find your passion, you’ll likely meet new people. Start building a network of these new friends. You never know when these unexpected connections will be helpful in the future.  

Experiment with Your Interests

Let’s say you already know you have a passion for running. You run for exercise and enjoy signing up for the occasional 5K race.

It’s time to expand your experience of that interest. Take it a step deeper.

Consider learning about different aspects of your interests. For running, volunteer with the event company that holds the major fundraiser race in your city each year. Or, train with runners who are more advanced than you.

If your interest is photography, sign up for a photography course. Research the history and construction of cameras. Meet with photographers in every industry from weddings to live performances.

Learn about all the different roles associated with your interests. These are potential careers you could look into.

Assess Your Skills

Is there something you’re really good at? It could be something you do in your current job or something you haven’t done in years.

For example, perhaps you’re awesome at social media. You could have grown your personal following to over a thousand followers. Or maybe, you excelled at writing, coding, or science in college.

Make a list of the skills you have, even if you haven’t practiced them in a while. Your natural abilities will help you succeed when monetizing your passion.

Narrow it Down

At this point, you should have tried some new things, experimented with your interests, and evaluated your skills. How do you turn all that into a career?

Make a list for each of those three steps. Put a star next to the things you’ve tried that truly excited you and got you motivated to try again.

Then, highlight the ones that also use a skill you’re naturally good at.

These starred and highlighted activities are your sweet spots, the passions that you can excel at.   

How to Monetize Passion

You know what you enjoy and what you’re good at. So, what? You’re still working a job you hate and feeling unfulfilled.

It’s time to take that passion and monetize it. You need to find or build a career around your passion. Here’s how.  

Service or Product Based Business

For many people, following your passion means working for yourself. You take what you’re passionate about and turn it into a service or product-based business.

Is your passion writing? Consider becoming a freelance content writer in a niche that interests you.

Is your passion helping others find their passion? Consider taking a course to become a life coach or career counselor.

Selling your products or services can be fulfilling because you’re your own boss. And, you’re working in a field or industry you love.

Your Dream Companies

Following your passion doesn’t have to mean working for yourself, though. Perhaps your passion is being part of a bigger movement. Something that requires a team to succeed.

For example, if you’re passionate about ending world hunger, you could join an established company already on that journey.

Make a list of companies you’d love to work for. Not because of the pay or the location necessarily, but because their mission aligns with your passions.

Landing a job in your dream company could take some time. You may need to boost your resume with more relevant experiences or learn how to brand yourself for a new industry.  

Remember that no career is perfect, even one at your dream company. You may not like some of the job duties. But, because you’re in a career you’re passionate about, the daily grind won’t feel like a grind.

How to Brand Yourself

Whether you’re going to work for yourself or apply for a new job, you need to learn about personal branding. It’s how you present yourself to potential employers, customers, and clients.

Discovering who you are and what you’re about is key to personal branding.

You may want to work with a life coach to dive deeper into this. Or, hire a professional LinkedIn profile writer. Make sure the way you brand yourself matches your career goals.

Do You Have More Questions About How to Find a Career You Love?

Finding a career you love takes courage, bravery, and confidence. Leave a life of mediocrity behind to pursue one of passion and excitement.

If you have more questions about how to find a career you love, you can likely find the answers in our other blog posts!

Guest writers and carefully selected for Career Enlightenment. Thanks for reading!

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