6:03 PM

Are You in the Right Field?

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After you graduated, you are surrounded by so many different choices of occupation and activity. At that time, maybe you try one, two, or even three different job. Year after year goes by… One day, you wake up in the morning with one question in your mind that come from nowhere but in your head keep wondering: “Am I in the right field?” Every day you just working, working and working, but do you love what you do?

One of the great secret of financial success is do what you love to do,” says Bryan Tracy, author of Success Principle: 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires. “This is also one of your primary responsibilities in life. It is to find out what you really enjoy doing, what you have a natural talent for, and then to throw your whole heart into doing that, very, very well.”

It is important to find a field where you have natural strengths and abilities, when the other do it with trying so hard, but you just do it and give the best result. When you are doing what you love to do, you seem to have a continuous flow of excitement, energy and ideas to do what you do even better. It’s not hard to find what it is. Here are the steps:

First, answer the question from Tracy: “If you won a million dollars, tax free, tomorrow, would you continue to do what you are currently doing?” If the answer is “yes”, congratulations! You already found what you love to do. But if the answer is “no”, so what will you do if you won a million dollars?

If you still didn’t find your field, you can try the second step: write down your activity every single day for a month. After a month, open back your notes , observe what did you do the most and what activity you explained longer and more detail than the other. You will find out what it is. And once you find what you love to do, you will never work a day in your life.

1:32 PM

Get Your Dream Job Started

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Okay, this is the year you’re going to make something big happen. And we mean big, as getting your dream job successful…Check out the mind tricks that will take you there.

By now, you probably have a vague idea of what your dream job looks like. Or hell, maybe you’ve been fantasizing about it – very precisely – since you were 5. Not that your current situation is bad, but there are always a few huge things that you envision doing one day. Trouble is, it’s hard to get moving when you have no clue where to begin. “Fostering change is exciting but daunting at the same time – unless you know how to approach it,” says life coach Scott W. Ventrella, adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches a course called “the Total Quality Way of Life.”

That’s where I come in. These smart strategies for tackling any big plan will guide you through the process of making something new happen for you. (Just keep in mind that depending on what you want to accomplish, some of these tips will apply to your goal more than others.) Here’s your handbook.

Visualize the Outcome

If you can’t actually imagine yourself, say, landing that dream job, you never will. “Not only does seeing yourself there make the goal feel comfortable and therefore accessible,” explains Jack Canfield, author of Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, “but it also enables you to bat around a ton of different possibilities and versions of your aspirations in your head, without consequence, until you figure out what’s right for you.”

Start by simply closing your eyes and letting you mind wander. Think of it this way: You’re shopping for a major life change. So attack it like a trip to the mall. Try on for size a whole lot of different options and separate what works from what doesn’t. You may have to keep jumping from “what if” to “what if” until you find the perfect fit.

Just make sure you pay attention to you visceral responses along the way. “When you stumble upon a choice that’s right for you, you may feel calm, happy, or even energized,” explains Canfield. “But if an idea causes you anxiety, it’s a clear signal that you’re on the wrong track.” And if there’s a single image that you keep coming back to – bingo! “Often, the option that’s right for you is the one that repeatedly pops into your head,” says Canfield.

Ponder your occupational options by imagining what the day-to-day would be like. Sure, donning a power suit and chilling in a corner office sounds cool in theory. But would you really be happy waking up at dawn and playing corporate politics? If picturing yourself pulling on panty hose every morning leaves you less than elated, the answer is no. But if envisioning yourself presiding over a board meeting gives you goose bumps, that may be your destiny.

Think Backward

You’ve visualized exactly what you want, yet attaining it still seems daunting. No worries. Wrapping your brain around an enormous undertaking is easier than you’d guess. “You don’t have to tackle the whole venture at once,” says Ventrella. “Instead, break down your objective into manageable increments and tackle them one by one.” Here’s the hitch: You might not know what the first increment is. The trick is to start with a step you do know, and then work in reverse. Check out this strategy in action in the following examples, and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Bottom line : ”Thinking from finish to start elucidates the stages and helps you foresee any roadblocks along the way,” says Ventrella.

You know that hearing the words “You’re hired!” is predicated upon a kick-ass interview. Of course, you can’t nail an interview you’ve never had, which is where networking comes in. But before you start calling and e-mailing your contacts or posting your credentials on a job Website, you have to polish up your resume. Aha!


It’s easy to get so excited about your impending metamorphosis that you neglect to find out exactly what you’re diving into. “When we fantasize about doing something big in our lives, we often fail to take into account what achieving it actually entails,” says Marilee Adams, PhD, author of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life. “There are bound to be a billion little things that come up that you had no clue about.”

Clearly, it’s crucial to do your homework. “The problem is, in this information age, we have access to so much data that attempting to process all of your findings can make your head spin,” says Adams. That’s why she suggests making a list of five key questions you want answered before you attempt so much as a Web search. Don’t labor over the questions; just jot down what you think is most important. For example: If you want to make a career switch, you might implore “Will I need to go back to school for an advanced degree?” or “What is the average salary?”

“These queries will give you a starting point from which to build your knowledge base so you don’t became overwhelmed,” says Adams.

Find Someone Who’s Done It

Nothing is as valuable as getting advice from someone with personal experience. “One of the most effective ways to work toward a goal is to find a person who’s successfully accomplished it,” says Canfield.

That said, let the networking begin. “You’ll often find an individual with expertise in the area you’re investigating via word of mouth,” explains Canfield. That’s why it makes sense to pick the brains of everyone you know. Ask coworkers, neighbors, and former professors if they can turn you on to someone who could lead you in the right direction. “Don’t feel like you’re bothering them,” says business consultant Susan Murphy, PhD, coauthor of In the Company of Women. “Most people love to talk about their accomplishments.”

What they don’t love is a time suck. So before you touch base with the person, be prepared with questions. After all, this might be a one-shot deal, so get as much info as you can. “And don’t be afraid to ask for the good and the bad,” says Murphy. “You can learn from others’ mistakes.”

You may dream about running a company someday, but that doesn’t mean Bill Gates is going to meet you for coffee to discuss. “You don’t necessarily need to go to the top of the heap for career advice,” says Murphy. “Your main goal is to get started, and often someone in middle management is more likely to assist you.” (For example, if you want to own your own boutique, ask a local shop owner for advice, not Ralph Lauren.) Then make contact via e-mail (no one wants to be cold-called), armed with questions like “What part of your day do you dread?” and “What are the busy-work aspects of the job?”

Set Deadlines

You constantly have deadlines imposed on you at work and school, but no one is going to breathe down your neck and ask you why that life change is late, so you need to act as your own deadline tyrant in order to move from the maybe-one-day mentality to making it happen. Keep in mind that these deadlines aren’t meant to stress you out, but rather to motivate you and keep you aware that you truly are making progress…even if your goal is a long way off.

So how do you meet your goal without becoming anxious? Set a realistic timeline. “Establishing a viable calendar makes the process seem more manageable,” says Ventrella. Think about how much time you have until D-day and how much time you can devote to it. Then bust out your planner and give yourself mini goals. For example: “I will do X, Y, and Z by such and such date.” Be sure to chart your progress in writing. “Every time you mark something on your calendar, you’ll see that you’re one step closer to your goal, which can be highly motivating,” says Canfield.

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