Finding and Choosing a Career:
Work Exploration Steps

Exploration is not only a key them for finding the right work for you but is also a key them for the purpose of any worthwhile endeavor.  Exploration is about making known the unknown.  It is the journey from ignorance to knowledge and it is in essence the thing that makes life enjoyable and interesting.

Finding the right livelihood is all about exploration.  First you must explore yourself.  You need to find out everything that you can about your needs, desires, wants, aptitudes, talent and personal preferences.  Once you have a solid grasp on this then you begin exploring ways in which you can put this special combination of attributes to beneficial use for yourself and others and be well compensated as a result.   Then, once you are doing whatever it is that defines "right livelihood" for you exploration is about learning everything you can about what you are trying to accomplish and discovering new territory in the realm of ideas.  Thing of the journey as a series of interconnected quests in which one leads to the other and the objective in each one is to find out what you don't know.

The exploration of yourself should involve discussion with friends, analysis of your background and experiences you have had both professionally and personally; tests and quizzes that will help you better understand yourself; deep reflection and meditation on your purpose in life; leaning to trust your feelings and instinct; and whatever else helps you to see inside of yourself.   The more you understand yourself, the more you will know about your purpose for life.  "Know thyself" is truly the first thing on the path to success and fulfillment.

The next stop is to explore ways in which you can put all of your resources to use in a productive manner for the benefit of yourself and others.  We discussed analyzing your interests as one way to do this.  There are many other ways.  Explore biographies and people you admire for inspiration and ideas.  Read new magazines and books and follow wherever your interests take you.  The key is to simply follow your "bliss" as the mythographer Joseph Campbell once said.  This in the end is the best advice you can receive.

When this lesson is a distant memory you will begin the exploration that will occupy you for the rest of your life.  This is the exploration of your particular calling and purpose in the world and how to fulfill it.  By this exploration you come to know your own soul and in the end that is the journey that life is all about. 

Information is for educational and informational purposes only and is not be interpreted as financial or legal advice. This does not represent a recommendation to buy, sell, or hold any security. Please consult your financial advisor.