How to Figure Out Your Career

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How to Figure Out Your Career

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Monday’s Episode

259: How to Figure Out Your Career: Scott Barlow is the host of the Happen to Your Career podcast and joined me this week to discuss what you can do to figure out the next move in your career.

Key Points

  • Common career misperceptions:
    • You need to have it all figured out at the start
    • You should focus on getting better at the things you’re not good at
    • It takes a ton of experience to move into the job you want
  • Framing a career around your strengths is key
  • If you had to work extremely hard to get good at something, it’s probably not a true strength
  • There are exercises and assessments that you can participate in to help you gain clarity on the above

Resources Mentioned

  • Scott’s FREE 8 Day Course*
  • Happen to Your Career episode #126: Your Career Path is NOT a Straight Line with Dave Stachowiak
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0

Related Episodes

  • CFL89: The Value of the StrengthsFinder Assessment
  • CFL90: How to Interpret Your StrengthsFinder Results
  • CFL134: The Secret To Happiness

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In-Depth Reads

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence: Fascinating read from past guest Adam Grant. Most of us want to be more emotionally intelligent — but beware the dark side of the force.

What Makes a Good Communicator: I found this article intriguing, especially where it states: “Being frequently unsettled by communication with our loved ones is precisely what attests to the fullness and strength of those bonds.”


Taming Meetings: If there’s a simple and powerful framework for something, Tom Henschel will have it. These 14-minutes will help you avoid death by meetings.


How to Decide Whether to Say Yes or No: Past guest Daniel Pink nails in 90-seconds a decision philosophy from Derek Sivers that I also use.


Kiss, Bow, Or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries*: Last week, a client told me how critical this book is to their success at working cross-culturally. It’s on my shelf too.

Just For Fun

Guiding Hands: Having trouble paying attention to your life and your phone? Conan O’Brien has the answer.

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