By Pat Blakesley
Finding a new career can be scary and, at times, down right sucky. After interviewing and talking to thousands of people over the years, the one thing that absolutely ends every interview prematurely is when someone is trying to be someone they are not; through lying, being overconfident, or trying to answer the way they think I would like them to answer.
As a pro, I’d much rather see someone be honest and tell me that they don’t have experience with this or that, than try to “fake it” through the interview. I’m more inclined to continue with someone who is honest and genuine.
We all have amazing talents – we just need to find the right vehicle to use them. And that can take some time. So, how do you find the vehicle? Be patient. Try different things. Get some assistance. Trust yourself. Don’t conform to what others think you should do. Follow your intuition. And then there are a whole lot of scientific ways to figure out your talents if you are still unsure.
Speaking from experience, finding what I was great at took some time. I played sports, sold things, worked on things, did things I wasn’t suppose to – but in the end, I found that I really liked people. Everything about them. The good, the bad, the amazing, the ugly. Talking to, empowering, guiding, lifting, healing, and all the other verbs – I just love it. But it took some time and took some pain. Eric Thomas (great speaker) has said many times, “Pain is temporary” – no matter the situation – physical, mental – the pain will go away. I kept that in mind over the years and focused on what I knew to be true. That passion is what I do today.
Take some time out to find out who you are and what you want out of your life. What is that end goal you are trying to reach? Discover that, then build the plan to go get it. Follow that plan. It is yours – no one else’s.