What Makes You Feel Alive

“I can’t believe I’m getting paid for this!” is one of the best feelings.

I get it when I’m talking with a career coaching client on the phone and walking through the forest. And I used to get it all the time when I had a job leading canoe trips, being silly and working in the woods with teenage girls.

But there are other times in my life when I’ve been doing work that’s important to me and that I’m good at, but I end up feeling exhausted afterwards. So what’s the difference? And how can I (and you!) feel energized by our work more often?

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Pathway to Your Purpose

A lot of us get told we can’t do what we really care about for money. We get told that artists can’t make it, that acting’s not a real job or that helping people is a hobby.

When we’re kids we learn that we have to be a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer or a fire fighter. And for some people those jobs are a perfect fit, but for a lot of us they make no sense.

When I was a kid I loved climbing trees, running through the forest and playing games with my friends. As a teenager I felt like an unpopular loser and the forest continued to be my refuge. The teachers in high school told me I was smart and that I should go to university. I didn’t really like school but they told me university would be better and I believed them.

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