Do you want a JOB or a CAREER?

Did you know that the average human being spends 90,360 hours of his/her life at work? That statistic includes someone working from age 20- 65, working 40 hours a week, with two weeks of vacation every year. For those that started working earlier than age 20 or continue to work after age 65 will have an even larger amount of time that is spent at work.
Out of the approximate 90,360 hours that are spent at work during the average lifespan, wouldn’t you want to spend it doing something that you are passionate about?
In fact, over 70 percent of employees aren’t engaged and inspired at work, according to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace Report.
I began this article with these astounding statistics because so many people settle for a job rather than a career, not realizing the impact that it can have on their lives.
So ask yourself, “Do I want a job or do I want a career?” If the answer is a career, then here are five essential steps to begin your career path and find your ultimate purpose in life.
1. Find your Gift
First, discover your likes and dislikes in all areas of your life. This step will require a great amount of self-evaluation. While engaging in daily routines, record the things that you find joy doing and those that you don’t enjoy doing. Next, identify what it is specifically that you are good at but heavily enjoy doing at the same time.
2. Learn how to follow your Instincts
Pastor, Author, Entrepreneur, and one of today’s most influential spiritual leaders, T.D. Jakes released a book, earlier this year, titled INSTINCT: The Power to unleash your inborn drive. This New York Times bestseller includes T.D. Jakes detailed powerful success secrets. One of my favorite quotes from this book is “If you don’t discover your passions, purpose, and power, then you’ll pursue roles assigned by other people’s scripts.”
This powerful quote leads me the second step, which is being in tune with your instincts. Once you learn how to let your mix your decision making with both intellect and instincts, you’ll be amazed at how far you will go.
3. Identify your Dream
Whether it is a television reporter, musical artist, fashion designer, or scientist, identify the exact career you want to.
4. Mold your Personal Brand
Your personal brand is what others view about you through your behavior, actions, and social network presence.
Through your behavior and actions, you must remember that everything that you do will ultimately stick to your name. For example, if you have a bad habit of always being late then that is something that will ultimately be attached to your name and personal brand.
While everyone makes mistakes, don’t linger on your mishap, but rather learn from it because it will build character and wisdom.
Since we are in the 21st century, most people have some sort of social network presence, which can influence their personal brand tremendously.
The things that you post on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.) are a reflection of who are you. Therefore, be sure to post things that accurately represent your interests because you never know who is watching.
5. Don’t Settle
The final step, which is extremely valuable, is to allow each new opportunity in life to be a stepping stone to your ultimate goal.
This step holds importance because many people linger on a step that makes them lots of money, but doesn’t necessarily make them happy. In this instance, if they were to keep climbing the stairs rather than settling, they would have found their ultimate purpose.

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