Your Natural Strengths Reveal the Way

So many people stumble into their careers.  So many people I talk to, myself included, had their career chosen for them by their parents.  “Go to school and study this.”  Or they choose something in college, just to make a choice.  Then they need a job, so they take the first thing that comes their way.  And their whole career unfolds that way.  They move from job to job – as opportunities present themselves, without any regard to what they’re really great at, and what they love to do.  That’s all secondary.  At some point, they find themselves feeling unsatisfied or unfulfilled.  Often they look around, and see that lots of people feel that way.  So they just stay where they are.  Every once in awhile they come across someone who loves their job, and they start to question why they don’t love theirs.  Where is their passion?  They still don’t know what to do, so they just keep doing what they’ve done.  Ultimately they end up burnt out, or just unhappy.

From the outside, everything looks great.  They may be quite successful.  But inside, they feel something’s off.  They want to enjoy their work, but instead it takes more and more out of them.  They feel unhappy and very frustrated.

They may even get that promotion or a bonus.  When even that doesn’t satisfy, they feel like something’s wrong with them. They should be appreciative and grateful.  Instead, it all feels empty.

What about you?  Where are you now, and how did you get here?

As a certified story coach, I am trained to listen to the stories people tell, and to figure out what meaning they hold.  I love to sift through clients’ stories about their favorite accomplishments from throughout their lives, from childhood through present day – the stuff they are truly proud of themselves, and really enjoyed while doing.  That’s where to start looking for evidence of what it is you truly love to do.

If you want to know what you’d love to do now, for a job or career, it is important to start with your natural strengths, the things you intuitively seek to do and that you enjoy.

If you don’t, you can easily end up doing work you do well, but hate.  People who see you may observe your qualities and suggest things you could do well.  For example, I am a bit of a perfectionist, and like to do things well.  In my  second job out of college, that perfectionist nature was seen, admired, and as a result, I was offered a position doing Quality Assurance work.  I didn’t even think about, I was so excited someone wanted me, I took the job.  And I was good at it.  And that job evolved into another job.  And another.  And another.  The next thing I knew, I had a solid career in Quality Assurance work.  I never truly loved Quality Assurance.  I was just a perfectionist, who hadn’t looked at the clues from my own stories.  I felt very empty and burnt out by the time I finally walked away.

However, if you start with your natural strengths, the things you intuitively seek to do and you enjoy, you will be on the path to finding a career you love.  When you use your values, skills, strengths and passions, you are guaranteed to thrive!  All of this information comes out of your personal stories from your own life.  You are unique and one of a kind.  No two people have the same set of strengths, skills, passions, and style.  This is what sets you apart from others.

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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