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Where are you working right now?

Is it just a job or is it the job?

Is it something that you turn up to most days and just go through the motions, or is your heart in it? Read the rest of this entry »

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I was driving through our neighbourhood the other day and noticed some fantastic gardens.

The lawns were immaculate, the trees well pruned, the flowers in full bloom and there was hardly a weed in sight. 

I was impressed and immediately found myself wishing that I had a garden like that.

Of course, if I went to the owners and asked them how they got their garden in that condition, they would tell me that they had a plan, they took action, they made a few mistakes along the way that taught them some important lessons about gardening and they genuinely enjoy the process of creating a garden that they could feel proud of.

Then I thought about other aspects of life.

There are a lot of people who look at other’s careers and say, “I wish that I had a career like that.”

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I have conducted Career Workshops for a few years now and the theme of Aspiration versus Desperation is a consistently resonating idea that I use that has the potential to reshape how you consider your career aims.

The basic principle here is that most career decisions are made out of either aspiring to do something or desperation to do something.  This relates to our basic human motivation either towards pleasure or away from pain. 

Why does this matter when making career decisions?

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