Finding Your Natural Strengths After a Layoff

Do you want to use your layoff to find another job, or find the work you’re meant to be doing in the world? Some people grab the next job to have an income base while they figure out their heart’s desire for work. What you choose depends on your long and short term goals. If you make your decision solely on money, you may continue to settle for so-so work. Life’s short. It could be now or never to jumpstart your life.
So where do you start? First of all, clear your mind of what you’re “supposed” to be doing. Maybe one of your parents told you what you “should” be doing, which just happens to be the work they did. Maybe your friends or others told you you’d be good at it. If that’s your primary criteria for doing what you do, it’s time to go back to your youth. What did you love to do when you were a child? Did you make up games? Pretend you were a radio announcer? Put together outfits for neighborhood fashion shows? These were early signs of your talents and gifts. If you were creative or strategic then, you still are. If you were a ham or entrepreneur then, that quality lives inside you. Pull together the early threads of what you did naturally. There’s gold here.

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