Jump Start: Finding Your Passion

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Sometimes you need a push, a boost, a jump start — just some sort of aid to help you truly delve into you — and figure out what your passion is.  Sometimes it may seem so foreign to you, but to someone else its simple to see — you are good at xyz and you like abc.  An objective eye can sometimes be a great tool for our subjective selves.  That eye doesn’t have to always be a person, it can be a test or questionnaire…My freshman year in college I learned the most about myself — not because of the whole “leaving the nest,”  but because my leadership classes had us take every single personality test under. the. sun.  I was taking test for days, i hated it.  But then I loved it!  In the end I was provided with a benchmark that gave me the direction in which I wanted to begin to explore myself.

Nonetheless a great blog (even if you’re not right out of college) is Life After College by Jenny Blake!  At the end of one of her recent incredibly informative and inspiring posts she provided these links — as means to help you find you and your passion:

  • Passions Mind Map: Start with a big brainstorm of everything that interests you, then look for common themes.
  • You might also be interested in The Acorn Project, a free two-week course to help you explore your interests and collect a variety of ideas about how to move forward.
  • Get specific about your career with the recently-updated Professional Development Strategy template: this will help you brainstorm across a variety of areas to see what the gaps are between your current skills, interests, and goals.
  • The Strengthsfinder 2.0 Book and Assessment: to give you language to talk about your strengths and identify what your natural talents are.
  • The free Type Coach assessment (via Melani Ward) that provides a downloadable report on your Myers Briggs type, strengths and best work environment.
  • SkillShare: thousands of low-cost online classes on every subject imaginable.

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

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