Step#2 Getting From Point A to Point B
In my previous article, Step 1, we discussed many responsibilities we have as mothers, wives, and business women. Your challenge for month was to research where your passion lies. Based on your research you might have discovered that self investigation can lead us to two places; either we find out our answer or we realize we need to ask more questions to get that answer.
Finding your purpose takes great effort, but can be effortless all at same time. It seems that once we begin pursuing that in which we were intended, everything falls into place. But matter we have to realize is that time plays a great role. Sometimes people are over night successes and others have to nurture their purpose for years to come. Keep in mind though, as long as you enjoy what it is you are pursuing and motivation you have is strong, than that alone will sustain your ambition and provide your passion longevity.
Remember you are making a commitment to yourself. You should treat that commitment same way you would treat a marriage or devoted friendship. The key is to value yourself way you value others. Having a good attitude from very beginning can make difference and not only affect your career, but people around you. Self dedication does show and commitment will be reflected in your professional life and relationships.
Assuming you now have a general idea of what you would like to do, now you need to visualize how to get from Point A, where you are now, to Point B, where you would like to be. Sometimes it is easier to set up a structure for your business if you look at large picture of your purpose and where you intend to be in future. Granted your ideas and goals change as you change, but your general purpose will usually remain same, it just branches out.
Now that you have researched what you want to do, take time to research what others in your area of interest have already done. Conducting market research will allow you to get a feel for industry you are entering. It’s important to see what is out there. Look up trade journals and magazines. Really put some effort into getting involved with your career and learning about it. Every career has an abundant amount of resources available and a lot of that information is free. If you see a trade journal or magazine that you like, sign up for their newsletter. This will help keep you updated on industry events and trends.
Reading and researching can be one sided tasks. Sometimes it is easier to learn about your career by actually interacting with others in field. This can be done on your own time instead of regular business hours thanks to internet. Now you can find chat groups, users groups, and forums and you are not limited by time zones or borders.