Thoughts from Joyce
I have three powerful questions for you:
1. Are you doing what you do best?
2. Do you REALLY like what you are doing?
3. Have you thought about your natural strengths and skills?
Many of my clients discover their innate skills and feel better about themselves after we delve deep to find their natural talents. It is hard to recognize what comes easy to us because we take these things for granted. Friends and colleagues usually see these things about us long before we do.
My natural “gift” is helping others solve their issues so they feel better about themselves. High school friends all knew that I would be a coach or counselor way before I recognized this. It took me many years to discover my innate talents of supporting others to resolve conflict. Once I finally figured this out, I can proudly say that “I’m an over night’s success…it only took me 30 years!”
Many people are so busy complaining about their job or life. They don’t take the time to look within to discover how they can switch one minor thing to actually love what they do.
Here is a powerful story about a colleague of mine who discovered her purpose and passion and created a new career for herself:
Lori T. Williams is a 25 year attorney based in Birminhgam MI. She owns a legal referral business called Your Legal Resource, PLLC and assists individuals and small business in need of legal advice or representation in Metro Detroit by connecting them with the right legal specialist for their situation. Lori is also an active networker, blogger, and event host/facilitator. Those who know Lori, know she is a connector and that THIS is her passion!
Lori did not always feel so passionate about her work as a divorce attorney, which is the area of law she practiced for 14 years before creating her current business in 2004. Lori saw herself as the serious professional who would help her clients through one of the worst of times in their lives. She was well respected in the legal community and enjoyed helping others, yet she didn’t have a passion for family law. Who gets excited about ending marriages?
How Lori figured out her authentic self
The light bulb went on during a class that Lori took on “finding your purpose.” This was a turning point for her. The rest of this blog may give you some ideas on how to discover your own purpose especially if you don’t like what you are doing for a living. Lori read a book, Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren. This book and the class study had a huge impact on Lori, because she discovered her purpose was to connect others.
She wasn’t quite sure what to do with this new found awareness, so she starting discussing it with another friend who was in the course with her. Lori’s friend was also a coach and she helped Lori return to her legal background in a way that would inspire and energize her. Since Lori had built an extensive network within and outside of the legal profession, and was seen as a resource to others, she was able to combine her networking skills and legal background and create Your Legal Resource.
Lori is now sought after as a legal matchmaker who connects the right client with the right lawyer. She also helps attorneys grow their practice by introducing them to their target referral partners and teaching them effective networking and marketing strategies. Lori notes, “it gives me great joy to bring people together for a living, rather than ending relationships like I used to do as a divorce attorney, and it benefits the people I connect.”
2014 will be a powerful year for Lori as she celebrates her 25th year as an attorney and her 10 year anniversary as the owner and managing attorney of Your Legal Resource. Way to go, Lori!
Click here for more information on the valuable services that Lori Williams provides, and visit her blog to read articles about law, marketing, and networking tips for the small business owner.
Here are more interesting articles by Lori Williams
So, what about you?
I’m not suggesting that you quit your job! I am asking you to think about how you view your career.
Are you doing what you do best?
Do you REALLY like what you are doing?
Have you thought about your natural strengths and skills?
Ask good friends what they think you are best at. You may be surprised at what they say.
Feel free to share your comments in the comment section after the blog. I will answer you immediately. For those of you who have discovered your own story during your professional growth, please share how you did it, what changes you had to make, and how it has impacted your life.
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Until next time,
This is Joyce Weiss, Conflict Resolution Consultant
I help others have tough conversations so they get a better night’s sleep.
Remember…You Get What YOU Tolerate!