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how to find my dream passion interest goal meaning purpose?

how to find my dream passion interest goal meaning purpose

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Pam’s Answer

I love that you asked this because finding your purpose and finding meaning in a career will be so much more fulfilling than trying to figure out how to make the most money. It starts with really getting to know yourself, what you're good at, and what makes you happy. I would suggest starting by asking close friends and family what they think your greatest gifts are. Maybe do some volunteer work on the weekends and see if you find something that is a good fit for you. Don't pressure yourself to have all the answers now. Many people take years to figure out the best fit for them. Sometimes it takes just trying new things. One thing I did early in my career was to go to a temporary agency and take assignments at different companies. It was a great way to try different things and experience different corporate cultures to see what I liked and what I didn't like. Best of luck to you!
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Sonya’s Answer

Hi Aditya,
It can be overwhelming to think of the large job field out there with millions of careers and want to pursue the right one. So it's great that you are thinking about how to find the right fit for you.
Have you ever taken a career test? There are many different ones available and it will help you match your skills, strengths and interests with a job field. After you have taken that step then you can research what classes you may need to take to meet the requirements of the job then plan accordingly.
If career days are available at your current school or in your area, attend those to gather information. You may find a career that you had not considered may actually be something that you would be interested in doing. Another option is to discuss this with your school counselor who may know a bit about you and may make a recommendation or provide a list of possible careers.
Also keep in mind that your interests may change over time or your choices may change due to the changing job environment. In may case I started college studying to become a physical therapist. Then I realized that I did not have a strong interest in that as I thought so I did some research and changed my study course and went into a different industry. So be flexible and open minded. Be willing to research and learn and you will find the right career for you.
All the best to your future goals!
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Reem’s Answer

Hello, I suggest starting by first defining the high school subjects you are most interested in and then trying various extracurricular and volunteering activities. You can then list your biggest interests in life and envision a career path in line with such interests and values. Keep in mind that interests, goals, and passions might change as we grow and that is ok! Also, some of us might feel like they have more than one purpose in life and that is great too. All the best!
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Jerome’s Answer

My whole approach to my career changed when I defined success for myself. Are used to think that success was a big house and fancy cars. Now I look at success as being better tomorrow that I was today.

The mindset you take into any job or project can either help you find fulfillment or get in your way. I have had some pretty rough jobs, but I always found something with them them I enjoyed.

I really do think, finding success starts with determining what that means to you and your life. I literally hit in the garden and just wrote out what I want it from my life one day, might be something that helps you too.
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Astrid’s Answer

Hello Aditya,

Great inquiry! I'm still in the process of understanding it myself. While I appreciate the work I do, I may not be completely passionate about it. My strategy involves exploring various subjects, engaging in diverse activities beyond my usual scope, and seeking knowledge in areas that intrigue me. I'm on the lookout for that one thing that will truly ignite my enthusiasm, something I'd be eager to do daily without any second thoughts. Eventually, I believe I'll discover my next steps and the path I should tread.

So here's my counsel to you: Experiment with different experiences, delve into a variety of topics, and engage in conversations with individuals from diverse backgrounds. At some point, you'll find your calling! Remember, it's perfectly okay if it takes a while to discover this. Just stay persistent and you'll find your answer when the time is right.

Relish this journey of discovery; it's an incredible learning adventure!
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Jamie’s Answer

Hello Aditya,

An interesting way to ask this question. And based on how you framed it, I think it is important for you to understand each and how they are pieced together.

Passion = Something you are passionate about. This may be a skill, topic, sector, field or industry. Whichever it is you are strongly moved to be involved with it.
Interest = An interest is similar to a passion but comes from a place of curiosity. Things you would like to know, learn, understand or do. Things that grab your attention.
Goal = Small to medium-sized milestones that contribute to a larger outcome.
Dream = The larger outcome.

One uses interests and passions to inform the goals one sets to achieve their dream. Interests, passions and goals are the building blocks.
Some would argue that a goal and dream are the same thing, and you can adopt that perspective if you would like. However, to me, a dream looks like a landscape and it consists of more than one narrowly focused thing. Hence, it needs varied goals to contribute to its building.

As far as meaning and purpose. They are not building blocks and are used more for navigation.
Meaning = A personal perspective of value, matter and worth of any one thing. One's intimate definition and intention of use for an action, subject, thought or object.
Purpose = The intended use of something and the effect it invokes.
Meaning helps you determine a reason why you use the building blocks and what their best application is. For example, let's say you are passionate about psychology, why does psychology matter to you? what are you trying to understand in studying it? And where would you want to apply that knowledge?
That leads right to purpose. Purpose is the effect or reaction of your knowledge or action on something external. Using the psychology example, no matter what field of psychology you enter into what you want people to feel is heard and understood when they meet with you. Others feeling heard and understood is the purpose.

Meaning and purpose become the how and why you use passions and interests. They inform your desired goals and how you will go about them to ultimately paint the picture of your dream.

Wishing you the highest Success,

Jamie Meyer
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