Finding Work You Will Love, Lynn A Robinson

We’ve all heard the admonition “Do what you love and the money will follow.” I’ve never heard anyone disagree with that thought, but frankly, I know a lot of people who are making money doing what they don’t love!

This isn’t unusual, and you may be saying to yourself right now, “Wait a minute! I have to make a living. I don’t have the luxury of ‘doing what I love.’”

But what if you had a choice? What if you could find a way to discover something you’d actually love doing that would also create a very nice income? Sound good? Let me help you get there with these questions that have helped countless people discover work they love. Write down your answers and prepare to be surprised!

  • What are your gifts?
  • What life achievements or accomplishments have made you feel proud?
  • What abilities do you have that people praise?
  • What tasks or skills come easily to you? Make a list of things you do well.
  • What were you good at as a child?
  • If someone were to give your eulogy, what contributions would they say you have made to the world?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What do you do that makes you lose track of time?
  • If you had enough money to take a year off, what would you do with your free time?
  • Is there something you want to devote your life to?
  • How can you help others by doing what you enjoy?
  • If you could make one contribution to the world before you die, what would it be?
  • What do you want to teach others?
  • What excites or angers you most about our world?

What are your values?  

  • What matters most to you? Consider values like: autonomy, humanity, creativity, kindness, power, wealth, spirituality knowledge, leadership, community, beauty, and intellectual pursuits.
  • Who do you admire?  What is it about their life that you appreciate?  What values do you think they hold?

What’s fun for you?  

  • What are twenty, fifty or one hundred things you love to do? Make a list.
  • How would you spend your ideal day?
  • Do you enjoy doing things by yourself, with a partner or with a team?
  • What kind of setting do you like to be in?  Are you an outdoor person or more comfortable behind a desk?  Consider your surroundings when imagining your fun, ideal life.

Look carefully at your answers and see if you can spot any themes that emerged, or “aha!” moments that surprised you. And keep in mind that the answer to “What’s my life’s purpose and how can I make a living at it” may not come overnight.  Patience, after all, really is a virtue. I like what Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich,” had to say about it: “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

Good luck with your search! And please remember, this little quiz is hugely important. After all, you’re looking for the life you were born to live.