Sometimes a job just isn’t enough. Your career should reflect your passions and your deepest values. The following worksheet can help you get started identifying the passions that can lead to a fulfilling career.
Finding Your Passion Worksheet
To figure out what you like to do and get someone to pay you for doing it, complete the worksheet below. Don’t dwell on each question or over-think each answer. Simply jot down any idea that comes to you, no matter how ridiculous it may sound. Brainstorm as many ideas as you can. A few days later, review the worksheet to see if you can come up with any additional ideas.
Once you have assessed your strengths, interests, passions, and assets, you can search for careers that seem appropriate. Start with your local Yellow Pages, looking up words from your answers or about which you feel strongly. Find businesses that might interest you, and start researching! Don’t get discouraged if your search doesn’t pan out right away; career exploration is a journey that can take a lifetime.
|Things that people frequently compliment or praise me about:|
|Things that people ask me to help with or do for them:|
|Things people have told me that I ought to get paid for doing:|
|Things I’ve always thought were my “hidden talents”:|
|Things I enjoy most:|
|Things I would still do even if I won the lottery:|
|Things I have always wanted to do:|
|Things I do in my spare time:|
|Things that I’ve overcome that others struggle with:|
|Things that bother me deeply:|
|Things that I know I could do a better way:|
|Things I could do to make the world a better place:|
|Things I am inspired to do:|
|Things that I have done as a job, volunteer, or through general life experience:|
|Things that I have education or training to do:|
|Things I could do based on whom I know:|
|Things I could do based on equipment, facilities, property, or other possessions I own:|
Excerpted from the bestselling book, It’s More Than Money — It’s Your Life by Candace Bahr, CEA, CDFA and Ginita Wall, CPA, CFP