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Create a list of every career you've ever thought you might enjoy since you were 5 years old. (Ages 6-10 are extremely important!)
Now go back to all your lists and cross off every task that drove you crazy, or that you couldn't stand doing, or that you promised yourself you'd never do again! Ask yourself, "is this something that I would enjoy doing for 8 hours"?
Take a look at what you are left with and look for patterns. For example: Did you enjoy teaching in each paying and volunteer position you've held? Does organizing or working with numbers or working with your hands come up in your descriptions time and time again? Does a clear picture of your ideal career or business shine through?
If your ideal career isn't evident yet, try these resources: ~~ Visit Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm ~~ Ask people, what careers someone would have if they were doing __________ (the things you enjoy doing)? ~~ Consider this...you have perfect life while you are enjoying working. What would you be doing? OR you won a million dollars and only stipulation in receiving it is that you'd have to continue working. What would you be working at?
Now, go find your ideal career (or business)! Or create something wonderful and new!! Take some classes if need be... and above all, SMILE...
With special thanks to John Crystal Institute (NYC), Richard Boles, and many other authors who wrote books I've read or studied over years. Also thank you to everyone who was unable to create their resume, and instead asked me to design it for them.
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