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

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA