January 16, 2020
Ask Allyson: How Do I Find My Why?
ASK ALLYSON: I want to do something that sets my soul on fire. I want to wake up everyday excited to go to work. I’m passionate about a lot of things, but there’s never been just one thing that I feel like is my “thing.” How do I figure out what I’m meant to do and my “why?” -The Wannabe
Dear The Wannabe,
We’ve all heard it before. But after working for 15 years now, I truly believe it. There are two types of people in this world: those that work to live and those that live to work. And I think both are absolutely fine. To me, what’s more important is how you feel about your type. It sounds like you’re ready to be the latter, so you’ve come to the right place, as I am that type, too. But I didn’t get here by accident. I consider my career an intentional experiment that I’ve approached with curiosity. Did I know what I wanted to do straight out of the gate? That’s a big no. Did I know what I wanted to do a year into my career? No, but I was getting closer. With every year that passed and every position that I was privileged to hold, I got even closer to figuring out my why and how I would bring it to life. How? I got clear about what I wanted, followed my heart, took calculated risks, and was open. Doing these four things has led me on the journey of a lifetime, working in industries that I never thought I’d break into, holding titles that both exhilarated and frightened me, and reminding me that when it came to my career, I was in the driver’s seat. But it’s not a one time thing. You have to be committed to doing them over and over again. If you’re still unclear on how to get started, here are a few questions you can ask yourself.
1. What do I want to do? Pro tip: Ask your head, your heart, and your gut!
2. How will I feel when I do it?
3. How will I be of service to myself and to the world doing it?
4. What am I willing to sacrifice in order to do it?
5. Can I make a living doing it? If not, am I ok with it being a side hustle?
6. What will I do if I realize that I don’t actually want to do it?
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