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How to Create a Job You Love (transcript)

CNN TV, July 12, 2010

David Cunningham

Whether you’re looking to create an entirely new career or just have a more positive perspective on your current job, certain strategies can dramatically impact your ability to have work you love. I’ve worked with many, many people in Landmark Education programs who have successfully used the simple tips I’m about to share with you to go from “I work to pay the bills” to being excited to get up in the mornings eager to get to something they love doing.

Here are three great strategies for jump-starting your new future:

1. Paint a picture of the life you want:  Most people move along in life choosing a career path based on childhood experiences, education, or family desires. While it’s fine to consider the experience and credentials you currently have in your inventory, don’t be limited by them. Create a picture of what you want your life to look like, then ask yourself what sort of career would contribute to that future unfolding.

2. Borrow some other brains:  It’s easy to get stuck in habitual ways of thinking, particularly when you’re dissatisfied in your current job or career. This is when it’s very helpful to be open to the contributions of others. Share your vision of your life with others, and invite them to brainstorm with you regarding possibilities for new opportunities. People will put you on to resources, ideas, contacts, and even entire careers you never would have thought of on your own. You don’t have to do this by yourself – the most successful people in this world are skilled at tapping into the resource that other people are.

3. Practice new ways of being:  You might need to step into a bigger pair of shoes. To create a new job or a new career you will have to learn to be strong when faced with challenges. One way to do this is to emulate someone successful you admire, and when the times get tough, ask yourself, what would my hero do?  How would they be being right now – powerful?  Unstoppable? Bold? Then be like them. In time, you'll be who you want to be.

What matters to you? What gives you a zing? You really can create a job for yourself that you’re passionate about, that gives you satisfaction. The biggest difference between those who merely dream and those who succeed in realizing their dreams is the ability to think and act in new ways. When you challenge your existing perspectives, you’re able to access new levels of creativity, which translates into breakthrough results.

About the Author:
David Cunningham is a communication expert and faculty member for Landmark Education, a personal and professional growth, training, and development company that's had more than 1.2 million people use its programs to cause breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in their communities, generating more than 100,000 community projects around the world. In The Landmark Forum, Landmark’s flagship program, people cause breakthroughs in their performance, communication, relationships and overall satisfaction in life. For more information, please visit www.landmarkworldwide.com.