Is this your secret fear about finding a career you love?

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When I teach workshops or speak about career burnout and finding a career you love, I always ask these questions at the beginning of my talk. When you think about your job, your career, as it is today, do you smile? Do you love what you do? Are you excited to get up and go to work (most days)?

If you answer a resounding, “YES!” to these three questions, fantastic! And this article is not really for you. However, if you answered “No” to any of these questions, then I have a couple more questions for you. Would you like to feel this way? And, do you think it’s possible for you to feel this way?

Nearly every client who has participated in my Unearth Your Worth® Private Coaching Program expresses a secret fear that goes something like this: “I’m afraid I will never find a career I love. I fear it’s too late for me, and now it is just not possible.” Voicing this fear can be scary, because the rarely spoken fear beneath this one is: “I’m afraid I’m hopeless.” Being without hope is terrifying. But, we all begin this process afraid that the truth will continue to elude us, and that we are somehow destined to live in frustration. I know I had that fear when I started this process.

Sometimes I explain the process of finding a career you love in terms of the fears that surface along the way. Stage 1: I’m afraid I’ll never figure out what I’d love to do in my career. Stage 2: I know what I’d love to do, but I’m afraid I’ll never find a job that fulfills my dream. Stage 3: I know what job I want to pursue, but I’m afraid no one will hire me for that. Each stage of figuring out what you really want from a career and how to get it is accompanied by its own fears. I like to think of these fears as both clues to where you are in your journey and signs that you are on the right path.

So how do you make the fears go away? Actively seek support from friends, family, or a career coach, and start (or resume) your journey. Keep taking steps and moving forward. There are few things in this life I am certain of, but I do know there is a career out there for you, one where you are celebrated for your unique strengths, skills, and passions, one where you truly love your job. You are not hopeless. It is NOT too late for you. You are in process, and it is worth the effort to keep going. And if you’d like my help, schedule some time with me here:

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Client Stories

I hired Lori because I was feeling stuck in my job and needed to find a career that was more rewarding, more challenging, and more suited to me.  In the arts, it's difficult to find a job you enjoy that also pays enough to live on, but Lori helped me do just that! 

As we worked together, Lori always helped give me that extra nudge when I was having trouble taking the next step toward success and acknowledged and applauded me when I accomplished something that I'd been struggling with. 

Thanks to Lori, I got out of my 8-year rut at the same job and discovered a new career I love that brings me all of the things I want in a job--creativity, variety, challenge, learning, flexibility, teamwork, and cake.  With no professional experience but a desire to learn, Lori helped me find ways to become a cake decorator--first on my own and then, eventually, at a reputable cake shop.  Now, something I used to do just for fun has become something I make my living doing, and each workday flies by!

Emily Sweeney, Chicago, IL