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5 Questions You Must Answer to Find Your True Path in Life

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5 Questions You Must Answer to Find Your True Path in Life

For many people out there, walking the path of life is not much different than exploring uncharted territories. Many of us stop from time to time and ask ourselves questions such as: “Am I doing this right? How is, what I’m doing, contributing to others or me? How do I know that this is what has to be done? If not, is there a guide I can read and memorize?”

These questions are pretty much similar to those trying to reveal the answer that lays behind true happiness. If you are hoping to get a straight answer, you will get disappointed. Life is not that simple to be defined in just one sentence. If you would like to get to know yourself better and be able to find your true path in life here are some questions you will have to find answers to.

1. Why Do You Want to Find Your True Path in Life?

One thing is clear, you want to bring some changes to your life. Being honest about why you want to achieve that can provide you with a powerful incentive that will drive you towards your goals. Write down the things that cross your mind when you think of your whys.

Your reasons should be important only for you. You are a unique person with unique needs and wishes. There is no better way to learn responsibility, but to try and make your own spot in this world. Be open to ask for help and accept it, this way you can strengthen your commitment. You can always consider talking with a psychologist. Together, you can work on setting attainable goals and work on possible issues that are preventing you from taking the first step.

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2. What Activities Make You Lose Yourself in Time?

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    Can you recall the time when you were a child and when your parents literally had to drag you from something you were doing? That child is still somewhere deep inside of you. If you want to give true meaning and purpose to your life it is time to wake it up.

    There is a great chance that the school system and social pressures made you think that things you were passionate about weren’t the good ones, money-making wise. But the truth is a little bit different. The opportunities that the internet age provides for everyone are not to be underestimated. This is the right time to try and do what you love the most. The chance to become an expert in something that you love doing are much greater than the other way around.

    3. Is This My Choice?

    Is this your authentic need or is it something that is trendy and you want to try it out? Ask yourself this question whenever you catch that “I’m a little bit bored right now” thought. Maybe you don’t need to bring radical changes into your life in order to make things more interesting and engaging for yourself. Remember that how we approach certain obstacles can define how we feel when trying to overcome them.

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    This can apply to every aspect of your life, your career, marriage or social life. You should be aware of the fact that life in this modern world requires us to be able to adapt quickly.

    Choosing the right career for you might be of great importance if you want to reach that perfect life path. I recall this career definition I had read somewhere and the part of it states that a career is an individual’s journey through learning, work and other aspects of life. This is why you need to approach this choice with extra effort.

    The abundance of possibilities makes this choice almost impossible. Don’t be afraid to consult professionals and take a personality test that can help you choose the right career path for yourself.

    4. What is Important to Me?

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      You can start by writing down what is important to you. Don’t make your list in just one sitting. Take your time. My advice is to start with simpler things, for instance: work out regularly, spend quality time with friends and family, learn to play an instrument etc. From there you can work on more sophisticated ideas: become more assertive, discover little things that make me happy, learn to enjoy the moment, become open to different ideas, become more tolerant and accepting.

      Keep this list of precious answers close to you. Remind yourself to read it from time to time. You can even make it a part of your diary and write about what steps you are taking towards achieving these goals. This can result in some valuable insights about yourself.

      5. Am I Self-aware?

      Do you value constructive criticism? Are you always honest? If your answer to these questions is no, then you need to work on your self-awareness. In the end you will be able to recognize your natural strengths and weaknesses and be able to develop strategies to address them.

      Start by thinking about whether you are a detail-oriented person. Do you value structure, independence and autonomy? How do you feel and react when you are faced with something or by someone with a completely different nature?

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      Try to get an insight into how you feel and how you think in different situations. Think about what you’ve found out. It is very important to get rid of that autopilot if you want to be able to walk the true path in life.

      Don’t worry if you are unable to answer these questions right this very moment. Finding your true path in life is a slow process. It will take some time to find and integrate the answers of the questions presented to you. The modern lifestyle puts more focus on the cognitive side of our being, making us neglect our gut feelings. Keep in mind that we are both emotional and cognitive creatures.

      In order to find ourselves comfortable walking down the path of life we must be more aware of both our feelings and thoughts and the way we influence others. Know that minor missteps are totally normal and okay. At the end, let me finish by quoting Buddha: “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”

      Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/Unsplash-242387/ via pixabay.com

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      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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      Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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      Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

      As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

      Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

      According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

      “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

      A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

      What Is Your Personal Brand?

      “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

      Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

      Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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      I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

      A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

      Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

      Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

      Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

      In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

      According to Castrillon,[2]

      “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

      The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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      As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

      In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

      “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

      When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

      The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

      Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

      The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

      5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

      These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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      1. Set Your Personal Goals

      What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

      2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

      Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

      1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
      2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
      3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
      4. What makes you different from others like you?

      The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

      3. Write Your Professional Story

      Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

      4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

      Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

      5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

      A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

      The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

      Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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      As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

      Other People’s Stories

      Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

      Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

      Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

      “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

      So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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