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How to Find Your Dream Job

How to Find Your Dream Job

Do you want to find your dream job? First of all, congratulations for searching for work you love. We spent decades of the best years of our lives at work, so finding work that enables you to use your strengths and make your unique impact on the world is important.

Here’s how to find your dream job. Get ready to take notes…because this is not the typical advice you hear.

1. Streamline your life

The absolute first thing to do when you want to find work you love, is to get rid of what you don’t love in your life. Why? Because getting rid of the unimportant junk will help you create time and space to find what you love. Start decluttering your life. Get rid of the unimportant, time-sucking activities that waste your day. Decrease your time spent on meaningless tasks by being more efficient. Get rid of the things in your environment that don’t add value to your life.

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2. Work on your mindset

In order to find your dream job, you must believe it’s truly possible for you to do work you love.

Do any of these sound like you?

  • “A job is just a job…work isn’t meant to be fulfilling”
  • “Sure, it’s possible for so-and-so to do work they love, but not for me, because I’m (fill in the blank)…”
  • “My neighbor’s-friends-daughter’s-dog’s-cousin didn’t like the job I dream of doing, so therefore it’s probably not good for me either. I think I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.”

Your mindset is a crucial part of finding and doing work you love. Being able to think big, and view your life as full of potential and possibilities, can change your career in drastic ways. If you want to find your dream job, you must believe that your dream job really does exist (or that you can create it), that you have the capabilities to find it, and that you can be successful at it.

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If, deep in your heart, you think work is just work, and having a dream job is just a cliche’, you’ll need to do some massive mindset work.

3. Refuse to settle

recent Gallup survey of people in 142 countries discovered that 87% of people are not engaged at their jobs.

Eighty-seven percent.

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That’s a tragedy. It also means that the large majority of people around you will likely have bad advice for you related to your career. Seek the 13% of are engaged and fulfilled at work. Learn from them. Find mentors who love their careers. Read about them, meet them, immerse yourself in learning about them.

Refuse to settle. Refuse to shrug your shoulders, saying, “I guess this is as good as it gets.” You can find and do work that ignites you and allows you to use your strengths and make the difference you want to make in the world. Keep searching.

4. Consider your dream life

One way to fast-track yourself to a disaster is to follow a career path without considering how that career affects your overall life. What is your dream life? Do you want to work with many people, a few people, or alone? Do you want to work for a large company, a small company, or a company you own? Do you want to be able to work from anywhere, or would you like to go to a specific location for work? Do you want a flexible schedule or predictable hours?

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Overall, what do you want your life to be like? You might not know all the answers right now, and that’s okay. Start writing down what you do know about your dream life. You will get more and more specific as you continue to learn more about yourself.

I want you to build a life you don’t crave a vacation from. I want you to choose a career that fits well into your ideal life and your ideal schedule, versus choosing a career and then trying to jam your life into your free-time.

5. Discover your strengths and passions

What are your innate strengths? Strengths are different than skills. When you have a strong understanding of your innate strengths, you can start focusing on potential career paths that will allow you to maximize those strengths. Along with discovering your strengths, it is helpful to find your passions. When you are absolutely on fire for something, it can give you excitement to jump out of bed on Monday mornings, ready to start the work week. If you’re not sure what you’re passionate about, check out this free workbook to find your passion. Also, start paying attention to what piques your interest and tugs at your heart.

6. Take massive action

If you really want to create your dream career, you’ll need to take massive action, even when you have bumps in the road. Do you want to be the person who fights for their dreams, or the person who gives up easily? How badly do you want to do work you love? If you really want to create the life of your dreams, you’ll need to take action, over and over, even when you don’t feel like it.

You can do work that ignites your soul and enables you to totally shine. Keep seeking your dream career.

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Last Updated on March 12, 2019

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

What Is a Vision Statement?

A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

The Importance of a Vision Statement

Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

1. Dream big and use clear language

An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

  • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
  • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
  • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
  • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

1. Disney

To make people happy.

2. Oxfam

A just world without poverty.

3. Ikea

To create a better every day life for the many people.

Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

4. Microsoft

Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    5. Nike

    Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

      Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

      6. Ford

      People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

      7. Avon

      To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

      Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

      8. Honda – in 1970

      We will destroy Yamaha.

      9. Nike – in 1960s

      Crush Adidas.

        10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

        Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

        Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

        11. Stanford University – in the past

        To become the Harvard of the West.

        12. Reach for Success – in the past

        To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

        Internal Transformations vision statements:

        13. Apple

        To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

        14. Giro Sport Design

        To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

        15. Tesla

        To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

        16. Sony

        To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

        17. Facebook

        To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

          Longer and more detailed vision statement:

          18. Walmart

          To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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          19. Coca Cola

          To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

          Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

          People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

          Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

          Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

          Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

            20. Heinz

            Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

            The Bottom Line

            Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

            Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

            Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

            Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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            To your success!

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