Each of us see ourselves as unique individuals.
The fact is that we truly are unique and there is no other person like us
the world today.
We each have special skills, talents, likes or dislikes.
We also have particular functions in our lives that are not always that easy for us or that we do not feel especially comfortable performing.
Discovering the best in ourselves is part of creating our success in today’s world.
During the 1960′s, there was a movement by the “baby boomer generation“ to show each individual’s uniqueness. It is my personal opinion that during that time our parents and elders wanted us to conform because they were afraid of change. It is no wonder then, that at that time, young people felt a need to express themselves and be different from what “the establishment” expected of them. For some of us, this was very difficult, because we had been taught the “right and wrongs” from our parents. We felt internally that these “acts of normalcy” weren’t always right for us, but these internal feelings created a sense of “doing the wrong thing” when we followed our own hearts. For me, it was walking a “tight rope” and when I had the opportunity to jump off and just “experience who I was”, I didn’t know where the rope ended. Finding new and exciting ways of looking at the world through my own eyes was difficult. It took a long time for me to find my own, personal, comfort zone in this world.
It is a different world today. Change is normal. The world is changing so rapidly that it makes our head spin. Being different, having novel ideas, creating oneself to represent what feels right to them, is appreciated, not feared. Innovators, creators, developers and those individuals with new ideas are more appreciated and accepted than ever before. One of the results of this new acceptance of “atypical thinking” is all of the new technology that we accept today as exciting and beneficial. Having an entrepreneurial spirit is admired, envied and promoted much more today than every before. Instead of negative fears about an entrepreneur not succeeding today, we find more and more opportunities for the “free thinker” today and appreciation for his spirit and passion.
Programs such as “The Voice”, “American Idol”, “Project Runway”, “Face Off” and even “Survivor”, promotes the spirit of “following your dreams”. How many of you watch these programs and feel the inspiration that each of us finds in the spirit of these competitors. Our dreams may not be of performing on stage or even surviving in the jungle, but because each of us possess our own dreams, we experience a sense of pride that each of these people are engaging in an opportunity to reach their goals. It is important to also see that most of these people, don’t give up on their dreams, just because they are not winners of their challenge. Following your personal path takes determination in the knowledge that this is the “right path for you”.
Many people know what dream they want to follow from a young age. Sometimes the dream may be vague and need direction. Other times, individuals may have no idea what path it is they want to take in life. They may let others influence their decisions and end up following someone else’s dream. At some point, however, these individuals may realize the “right direction” for them and take action. Action is the key word here, no matter where you are in your lifetime.
Today’s economy has left us with uncertainty about our future. Some of our choices are no longer opportunistic for our path’s forward. Finding a career solution for today gives us the perfect opportunity to challenge ourselves to discover our passions and creative ideas. This is not the same period of time as when your parents found career solutions for their futures. Career solutions today need to be tweaked to fit the society in which we live.
Begin by noticing what people talk about, what people enjoy doing, where people go, and what are the big topics that concern or interest individuals around you. What do people around you see as accomplishments or success? Some days in the world we live in, we are looking to find something positive that will bring a smile to our faces. After you look outward, begin looking inward. What makes you smile, what do you talk about, where to you go, what do you do that brings a smile to your face and brings a sense of accomplishment or joy? Look below the surface. It may not be just what you are doing but that you enjoy the process of doing it. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison enjoyed the act of invention. Writers enjoy the process of writing and airline pilots enjoy the act of flying. You may discover that within the act of doing something, a new approach may be the answer for a career solution for today.
An excellent example for this is teaching. If a teacher enjoys teaching and as a hobby enjoys cooking, perhaps a career solution might be teaching cooking to individuals. To take this example further, if the teacher is a fan of Italian or Mexican Food, this could be incorporated into a specific niche for a career solution. This teacher could start at the local learning annex or begin classes from home. She might consider creating a course for students after school. Today, of course, we have the new option for creating a new career by using the internet.
Once you begin thinking in these new terms of finding a career plan solution, you will see possibilities for yourself and others. Your individualism is your biggest asset today. Remember that because you are “who you are”, there is no one that can do what you can do in exactly the same way. There is no magic here, only looking at career plans differently. I recently spoke to a student that had a hard time passing the SAT. He created a study idea that worked for him and is now planning to create a program to help others study and pass. He knows that it will help others because it helped him pass the exam with the scores he needed. He plans to start creating a small ebook and marketing it through Kindle, then possibly creating an on-line class around his creation.
When ideas begin to flow within you, let them. Write them down, no matter how “far out” they may be. Keep looking at your “Idea List” and as more ideas come to you, you may see a pattern. Even if there is no pattern, you begin to think differently. Possibilities begin to invade your thinking and you see more options for career solutions than you ever realized were possible.
“We Are Not One Dimensional Beings.”
“We Are Not Only The Job We Perform Right Now”
Once you start creating a new plan for yourself, there may be opportunities that arise that you had not considered. Don’t get distracted by opportunities that will lead you away from your plan, but be ready and open to possibilities that enhance your goals. Be sure to always do your research and take the time to understand the potential outcomes before jumping into what may seem to be the “perfect” opportunity, but may actually take you in a direction away from your success.
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