In my running survey "How satisfying is your work life ?" the concern most people have about their work situation is "I want to discover what work I am meant to do." The answer to this question will not magically appear to you without some focused effort.
Consider this approach from Jim Collins, former professor of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and author of Good to Great and Built to Last:
The work that will make you happy is the point of intersection of three circles:
- Circle One: What are you deeply passionate about?
- Circle Two: What will people pay you to do?
- Circle Three: What are you genetically encoded to do that you can do better than anyone on earth?
Get a notebook and begin to jot notes down in response to these questions. Just bringing them to the forefront of your mind is going to open up some surprising doors. It may take you years to get a crystal-clear picture of work you are passionate about, you are meant to do and that people will pay you handsomely for, but you will discover all kinds of juicy things about yourself along the way.