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Finding Your Passion Career How to Create Your Dream Job at Any Age BY C H R I S T Y W I L S O N D E L K
To me, Growing Bolder means taking one more step toward my ultimate dream job. In my dream job, I’m the boss of me, and I have no employees except a part-time and very faithful assistant. My job description—written by me, of course—is to inspire, encourage and guide you to pursue your dream job or small business. My clients and I are Growing Bolder together. I know the opportunity costs of doing nothing are far too great to ignore. As a joyful and committed work in progress, I believe there’s great value helping others pursue their passion careers. If you already know what your dream job is—or at least the general field—skip to the second step.
In the next issue, I’ll outline the best steps for moving forward if your desire is to own a small independent business or franchise. Here’s a preview: Start with your means and two key numbers. Christy Wilson Delk is a business professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, as well as a contributing franchise industry writer. With more than 15 years of successful franchise ownership, Delk uses her cumulative business and franchise experience, as well as her new book, Adventures in Franchise Ownership, to consult, lead workshops and give presentations about how to implement your own “4 Pillars” approach and achieve greater performance and success. Learn more at christywilsondelk.com. FINANCE
1. Start by listing the two or three things that you do—or used to do—that brought you great joy. It may be gardening, cooking or something that has a physical aspect to it. Have you always enjoyed entertaining children? List that. Do your eyes linger at gorgeous floral arrangements and envy those who mindfully pursued their passion? List that.
2. Write down the type of organizations, enterprises and businesses that surround each passion you listed. Keep it general, such as floral shops, nurseries and gardening centers. You want one list for each passion area listed. Circle the two or three that have the most appeal.
3. Ask yourself, now that you’ve refined your desire and opportunities, what exactly are you looking for at this point in your life? Do you want to supplement your primary income or social security? Are you looking for something to fill a specific—now empty—block of time during your week? Do you want to hone a skill and gain experience before opening your own business?
4. Consider who you know. This is bigger than you think, because the people you know also know people who might lead you to your next favorite boss or future business partner. Start mining your connections and network. I feel confident that you know people who know other people willing to help you in this simple way. G R O W I N G B O L D E R / VO L . 3 6
Finding Your Passion Career by Christy Wilson-Delk