How Far Are You Willing to Go?

In all aspects of life, knowing your limit is important. How far are you willing to go to achieve your goals, what is your ceiling height, how tall is your mountain? That might be an excessive use of inspirational phrases. However, these are questions you should be asking yourself.

In our previous article, finding a career you’re passionate about was the key takeaway. Once that discovery is made, you can start the next step. These articles are part of a series for recent graduates or anyone who doesn’t know where to begin.

By asking yourself important questions you’ll have a jumping off point. Because sometimes the most difficult aspect of any task is not knowing where to start.

You can start here.

Everyone has a different definition of success. For those who have an entrepreneurial spirit, they want to make a difference, leave their mark. The above clip is important because not every step will be easy, but it will be worth it — you are powerful beyond measure.

Once you’re feeling inspired to start your career, you’ll have to get to know yourself. Know how much of yourself you are willing to put into this decision you’re about to make.

This isn’t a magazine quiz from your tweens where if you get 10/10 you’ll be successful.These are important questions to ask if you haven’t already.

Because this subject is broad, let’s use freelancing as an example. Since it is an initiative and self-branding heavy field, freelancing is a good example of passion driving determination. The following is a list of questions to consider to help you determine if your career of choice is right for you:

1. How many hours are you willing to work?

2. What does success mean to you?

3. Are you willing to sacrifice social obligations, etc. to meet deadlines?

4. What’s your track record for meeting deadlines?

5. Are you able to identify opportunities when they present themselves?

After you’ve answered these questions, it’s time for the game plan. The first step in your plan is to set realistic expectations. You know how much you are willing to give, now you must know how much it takes.

Research and use your connections and creative mind to dive into the field you’re going after. If you know a freelancer, ask them about their day to day, etc.

It’s time for a game plan and it’s time for you to shine.

A more in depth article about planning for success will follow. In the meantime, if you could have anyone’s career, whose would it be?

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