10 Steps to Starting Your Next Career

“That’s something that is almost accidental at the beginning of a career, but the more you write, the more trained you are to recognize the little signals.” – Stephen King
If you want to know what your next career might be, then start experimenting. That means starting a side business, blog, or volunteering at local organizations. You have to take action on what you think will make you happy, so you can find out if this potential career will fulfill your needs.
You have to visualize your goal. Feel it. See yourself working on the small steps to make this goal a reality.
If your best guess isn’t right, I guarantee that you will get closer to meeting your needs after failing. It’s the best way to discover your next career.
Fail, adjust and try something new.

Meeting Your Own Needs

I’ve worked for companies that weren’t a very good match for me. I did it because they paid me well. When I accepted various job offers, I didn’t take everything into consideration before accepting. Another part of my personality is that I’m a scanner. I don’t like doing the same stuff over and over again. I like to mix it up. I know I’m crazy, but I like working on two different projects at the same time; it is fun for me. It’s why I run Work Happy Now and Domino Connection (my product launch company for creative entrepreneurs). I just love working with two different parts of my brain during my day.
Too often, people tell you not to do something because they wouldn’t do it the same way. Don’t listen to them. Listen to your gut and do what you know is best for you. It took me way too many years to figure this out.
That’s why I advocate that a lot of my clients work on a career on the side. It’s really the best way to test out if you can make the transition from one career to something that will make you happier. The pressure is much lower when you can try a different career while your income is stable.

1. Make a long list of everything you think you would like to do.

This is the fun part about trying to figure out a new career for yourself. It’s important to take at least 90 minutes to do this. Work for 25 minutes on the list. Take a 5 minute break. Do this 2 more times. The reason I suggest that you take so long to do this is to flush everything out of your brain. You need to put

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