Want a career that feels like your calling?

Mike said, “I’ve been an architect all my life, and I hate it. I went to school to be an architect; I’ve only worked jobs as an architect. I don’t know anything else. I hate it, and I don’t want to start over.”

I then asked Mike, “So what if we were to wave a magic wand, and you could start down a different path, right now, what would you do?”

Mike took a deep breath, thought for a long moment, then looked at me with a bit of sadness and worry on his face, “I have no idea. That’s one of my problems; I don’t know what I would do. And I don’t know how to figure it out.”

So what is Mike to do? Give up? Work in misery as an Architect for the rest of his career? Do what he can, and take up drinking to numb his unhappiness?

Um, no. Or should I say, NO!

A really powerful way for Mike to begin is to follow the three step process I’m going to give you. These three steps are: 1-Unearth, 2-Imagine, and 3-Create.

Today I want to talk about the first one.

Stage 1: Unearth

What do you want? What do you offer? Grab a notebook and start writing.

  • Identify your values first; what is most important to you? So many people hate their job because they are in a situation that leaves them feeling trod upon, their values compromised.

    Sarah worked for a trading firm that was very competitive. Not just with other companies, but internally. Employees competed with each other on projects all the time. The best individuals were acknowledged and rewarded. The people who thrived there loved to compete with others, they enjoyed the rivalry. For most of them, it was like a game. But not for Sarah. Sarah on the other hand valued collaboration. She wanted to work together toward a common goal. She hated competition. In fact, she withered in a competitive environment. Once she recognized this, she also realized that in the right organization, her collaborative skills would be a real asset. So when she changed jobs, she made sure to look for a collaborative organization.

    It is important to understand your values. And to look for a career and environment where you don’t feel compromised, so you can thrive.

  • Identify your strengths and skills. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? If you’re not sure, ask a few people you trust to tell you what they see as your strengths and skills.

    Mark created a list of his strengths and skills, and uses it when he reads job descriptions, to see if what he offers is what they need. He also references this list when he writes his cover letters, and takes it with him to reference on job interviews. “What are my strengths? Let me tell you what others have told me when I asked them.”

  • What are you passionate about? What things get your juices flowing? What activities leave you feeling like you are “in the zone”? Write it all down. Make a list of experiences you’ve had over the past year where you felt this way. Look for themes, patterns. These can give you clues to the type of business or industry you want to work for, and how you want to contribute.

    Lots of clients tell me they want “to help people” and my response is always the same. That’s fantastic. Tell me who, specifically, do you want to help? And what is the sort of help you want to offer them? How, specifically, do you want to help them?

Get a clear picture of yourself: your values, your skills, your strengths, your passions. These are what you offer the world. If you are using these in your career, you are guaranteed to thrive.

What have you discovered about yourself? I invite you to share your discoveries below.

If you want support to Unearth Your Worth™, contact me for your complimentary 30 minute Career Breakthrough Session.

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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 me...it 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 Sherlock...to 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