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The Secret of Finding What You Like Published: Sunday, June 10, 2007 By: Dr. Manuel Ńngel Morales

The key to engage in the complex, but yet interesting journey of finding what you really like is to feel, pray and think long term.  Establish your vision and your goals, meaning where do you want to be five and ten years down the road.  Many people have difficulty envisioning their future, either because they are stuck in the past or in the present.  Sometimes people are so busy that their future cannot begin.

            Life is a venture of self-discovery, thus it pays good psychological dividends to invest time reflecting about what you want to be or do in the future.  Launching an entrepreneurial venture is the same thing.  It takes a formidable amount of time and energy, and people will have considerable difficulty sustaining that level of energy if they arenít passionate about their new businesses, their projects or their goals.  The big challenge is how you are going to found your passion or identifying what you love.  First, you have to feel, pray and think about the things that give you joy.  Establish what you are doing in your spare time, your hobbies, the types of newspapers and magazines that you read, and the Internet sides that you access.

            The social-psychology premise is that things that you enjoy are likely to point to business potentials.  Life is full of examples of people who turned their passion into a lifetime of fulfilling work.  Thus, the point is that in order to achieve such formidable condition you have to search for the inner self.  Unfortunately, after doing this some people end up with a fuzzy sense of what they are passionate about.

            Second, to help refine the self-analysis is convenient to talk to other people, particularly with those who are in your sphere of influence.  While it is difficult for people to be introspective about what they love, such strengths may be clearer to those who know them well.  The first place to start is the family.  They know the person fairly well and can identify the areas in which he/she can excel at and enjoy.  It is a healthy exercise to ask persons who are close what they see as your greatest strengths.  They can also point to weakness they think you are blind to, and what activities or tasks over the years have given you the greatest pleasure.

            An alert word is: During the search of the self through prayer, reflection and interaction you may realize that you are passionate about something, but havenít yet developed the skill set to successfully translate that passion into a viable life project.  This is where apprenticeship comes in.  You have to practice, perform different kinds of jobs, enjoy the experience and learn, learn and learn without regards to quick money.  Learning is not exactly about making lots of money.  Money does not buy happiness, but at the end of the road, the consequence of doing what you are really passionate about can make you earn some good money.  If that is the case, be sensitive, count your blessings, share a little and give always thanks to God.

            Working with your passions can lead you to good business opportunities and later on to necessary outcomes.  Todayís work environment is very complex and challenging, and you will have to create ideas for business and work opportunities.  All great ideas start with a seed of an idea or a concept.  The secret is to move from that seed to something that is sound able, exciting and powerful.

There are seven secrets to achieve these results: 1. Motivation is most powerful when paired with an emphasis on learning; 2. Sharing risk and credit enhances credibility; 3. Your life style reveals what you value; 4. When you develop competence you develop trust; 5. Extreme threat or crisis reveals true character; 6. People care for the expression of creativity; 7. Avoid any dependence on mere positional authority.

            In the knowledge society, the name of the game is concept multiplication.  The concepts are transformed into concrete things, into solutions.  Solutions can be sold...


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