What Should I Do With My Life? 3 Important Questions To Consider

What Should I Do With My Life? 3 Important Questions To Consider

Have you recently asked yourself, “What should I do with my life?” For several years, our answer has been to urge people to conduct what we call an “Area of Destiny” analysis. Very simply, an AOD analysis impels people to seek a career at the intersection of two questions and their answers:

  1. What am I uniquely good at?
  2. What do I love doing?

While we’ve seen Area of Destiny analysis guide some terrific careers, recently we’ve been motivated to add a third vector to it, namely, the question:

  1. What kind of skills are needed out there?

Sure, we know the old saying is usually true: if you do what you love, the money will come. But we’re realists too. There’s no point chasing a career that no one will pay you for.

More important, however, we’d assert there’s another reason why this third vector is so crucial. When you do work that’s in high demand, your sense of purpose is heightened. Having an impact feels great; in fact, we’d say it’s a basic human need. And that’s why you should never make a career decision without knowing what skills are most urgently needed (and in many cases, lacking) in different industries.

Finally, we urge you to stop worrying about making a mistake. Careers are filled with wrong turns, or as we would rather describe them, “learning expeditions.” And look, in some ways, “What should I do with my life?” is a question you should never stop answering. The world changes; you change. But our three questions, taken together, are amazingly effective in giving you direction, again and again. Let go of your fear, and answer them!

By Jack and Suzy Welch, LinkedIN

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