From Paul Brown's 11/7/07 New York Times column "What's Offline":
DO YOU FIT?
The biggest mistake people make in choosing a career is picking something just because they are good at it,” Dan Miller, an author and life coach, says in AARP magazine.
“Remembering the happiest times in your life and the times when you felt most fulfilled are better indicators of your calling than just knowing what you can do,” he writes. Finding emotionally satisfying employment is no accident, he says.
Here are his five “top predictors of success”:
Passion. This is more than enthusiasm for the work you are doing. The work, Mr. Miller writes, must touch off “intense emotional excitement.”
Determination. Recognize “that if you respond to circumstances, any obstacle will send you off in a new direction.”
Joy. “What are those things you love to do whether or not you get paid?”
Self-Discipline. This factor is the “foundation that makes the other predictors work. Knowing those predictors is the initial step, but action on them always requires self-discipline.”
Faith. “Even with everything lining up logically or financially, real success requires that step of faith into the unknown.”
To read Miller's original AARP article, "Five Predicators of Success," click here.
To read a related Miller article titled "Follow Your Dream," click here.