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How can we know what we love ?

I run multiple businesses, some failed, some win.

Looking to build something that I love for long term, but....

How can we know what we love?

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Federica’s Answer

Dear Sylvio,

That's a great question and I'm sure there isn't a right or wrong answer.

My suggestion for you, and coming from a personal experience, would be to experiment few jobs and maybe - why not? Even look out for jobs related to your daily hobbies that really make you happy! Especially at the early stages of your career, don't be afraid of changing job or even industry, this will give you a clear picture of what you love and what instead you don't like doing!

In my case, it turned out it wasn't all about the role or the tasks, but more about the people I work with that makes me loving my job and what I do on a daily basis!
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Sylvio,
For me, what I love is something I want to learn for fun, something that makes me excited and I want to spend a lot of my time on! Do not get discouraged--take your time to think about things you currently do, explore new things, and go from there :)!
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice. Sylvio
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Maria’s Answer

For me, there's one sure way. How do you feel Sunday night? Are you excited about waking up Monday morning and diving into work? Are you looking forward to engaging with your colleagues and do you believe that your work is making an impact? Are you inspired? If yes, then you're probably doing something that you love, or at least enjoy. I had a job once when I couldn't wait for Monday morning. I was excited to get up early and go to work. I worked long hours, but the days felt short, because I enjoyed what I did, the mission and my team.

On the flip side, if your Sunday morning is filled with feelings of dread and anxiety, you're probably not doing something that you love. If the idea of waking up Monday morning is torture, it may be time to reconsider your next step. Every job has challenging days, even when you love your job, but those should be far in between.
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Daniel’s Answer

Hi, for me, you seem to already be on the right track to discover what you love. I believe you find it out through trial and error, by staying open and getting out of your comfort zone. By already trying multiple businesses and being open to failure, finding out what you really love is only going to be a matter of time :)
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Luke’s Answer

Hi Sylvio,

To find something that you love, you should start with finding something that primarily brings you joy in terms with working. You'll know you love doing something when it feels like you want to continue doing it, despite with the trials and tribulations the activity may bring. It takes time to figure out what more about what you enjoy, so keep yourself open to new things.
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Tyler’s Answer

Hi Sylvio,
For me, I learned what I loved by staying open to new experiences. I also learned to trust my intuition as I gained more of those experiences.

For example, sometimes I was very excited about the idea of something - but then the experience of doing it didn't bring me joy. And that's OK. You are allowed to change your mind & grow in different directions with your work. The same goes for your ventures in entrepreneurship. It might just take a little more time to find the right fit - just keep trying things out!

Now that I am over a decade into my career, I can say that I find joy in feeling a "flow state" in my work. Then it doesn't feel like "work" at all - just something that I love doing. Good luck!
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