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You Can Create A Fulfilling Career That You’re Passionate About If You Do These

You Can Create A Fulfilling Career That You’re Passionate About If You Do These

Everyone wants a fulfilling career, but getting one is easier said than done. After all, there are a lot of unfulfilling careers out there that have to be filled, and there are only so many job openings in areas where people regularly find a sense of fulfillment. Everyone has their own unique journey, but there are some principles that are true for almost everyone who’s chasing a dream job. Here are 5 things you have to do to end up in a career that you’re truly passionate about.

1. Make A Decision

Freshman year is is the chance for experimentation, when you can sample classes and find what appeals to you and what you’re good at. By the time you’re a college sophomore you should know the career path you’re heading down. If you linger too long, everyone fighting for the same career you eventually decide to pursue will have already swept way past you. Choose your field wisely, but not too slowly. If you’re not sure yet, at least pick a major or area of focus that is flexible enough to give you options but concrete enough that it will probably lead you towards a bright future.

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2. Learn To Love What You’re Good At

When you’re making your life-defining choice, don’t go with your heart. Your heart is not a good decision-maker. Use your head to determine what is your best career option based on your abilities. You may be passionate about cooking, but you won’t have a fulfilling career if you follow your passion all the way to a fry cook position at a third-rate restaurant. A fulfilling career is a career you do well in. I would suggest making a list of things you did that have received praise from people other than friends and families. Look at the it to help you decide what kind of work you should be getting into. You might not be particularly excited about anything on that list, but it’s always possible to get excited about one of them.

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3. Sacrifice Free Time

It’s hard to let go of that time you have away from responsibility, but people who don’t put in effort outside of their work hours get stuck at dead-end jobs. You might not find employment in your dream career right away, but you should always be working towards that dream, even if you’re flipping burgers from nine to five. A couple hours each night could be all it takes to keep your career prospects open, even when you feel as if you’re at your lowest. Fulfilling careers are delivered to those who work towards them.

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4. Make Perfect

Practice. Practice. Practice. No matter how confident you are in your abilities at this field you’ve chosen, remember that to be the best you have to work the hardest. Don’t just do what’s set before you even after you have your dream career; always go above and beyond your assigned duties to make that career a fulfilling one. Almost everyone else is already doing the work they’re given, especially if you’re in a competitive field.

5. Branch Out

Success at one thing will eventually and inevitably get boring. Once you’ve mastered one area of expertise, branch out to new fields or sub-fields so you can expand your skill set and continue rising higher and higher above the pack and so that you have more options available to you. Someday the work you’re doing, even if you love it now, will stop feeling like a fulfilling career. Standing still gets boring, eventually you have to push forward. The only way to fight back against the boredom of monotony is to branch out into new places.

Featured photo credit: Oglethorpe University via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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