I come from an entrepreneurial family, so naturally I found myself stuck with the question:
“What do I want to be when I grow up?”
The digital age has presented so many possibilities and it makes it difficult to distinguish between if something can become a career or if it indeed is just a hobby. Or maybe you’re currently in school and still trying to navigate around what major to pick in college or if going into a professional sector (i.e. Lawyer, Healthcare, Doctorate) is right for you.
I’m going to give you 5 quick tips on how to unscramble all the negative and positive thoughts in your mind.
1. Find your inner child
What I mean by this is: Be curious again. I wish I had inquired more about things that interested me when I was growing up. The one profession I admired was Interior Design. This was because I grew up around rosewood furniture, Persian rugs and Oriental antiques. Then when I saw Mrs. Doubtfire, I realized that could actually be a career! Had I actually asked the right questions or been in-tune with myself, I might have pursued that pathway.
2. Get some clarity
Starting this journey is already enough to make you want to quit. Instead of becoming bogged down, start by asking these simple questions:
- What are my interests?
- Who inspires me?
- What do I dislike?
- When people ask for my advice, what do they ask me about?
When you have some answers, pair that with my the first tip above and do some research. Really dive in. When you need a break….
3. Focus on you
Self care. This is probably the most difficult thing to remember! Most people have a hard time being selfish. Some live for helping others, which is totally fine, but there is a point where you need to slow down and meet your own needs. Do something for you. Not anyone else! Reserve one day a week to balance work and life. Once that has become routine start brain storming!
4. Write sh*t down
Excuse my french, but seriously…. I’m not kidding around here! How many times have you had this superb idea and 5 minutes later you cannot remember what it was because you were interrupted mid thought. It happens, right?! So, don’t fall victim to the trap. As a mom, lists are a MUST because I find that if it isn’t written or typed some where, it will become an after thought. Make it easy on yourself. Keep a small journal/notepad or use your phone.
5. Find a mentor
All the work you did above is going to help you get to this step. Keep in mind that you may end up with more than one mentor, and that is completely fine! There are no set rules. In all honesty, you might already follow this person through social media! What is most important is that your mentor(s) are guiding and advising you through challenges found in whatever industry they have an expertise in. Maybe you set up a time to have a one on one conversation or it’s purely a virtual connection. Regardless, it is always good to have at least one advisor that you can link with. Building a mentorship relationship takes time to nurture, so be patient and professional.