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Published on June 28th, 2012 | by Shanley Knox

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5 Tips to Finding and Following Your Passion

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Here at Feel Good Style, we often feature individuals who have successfully launched alternative careers. Perhaps they’re designing their own eco-friendly clothing, or making a difference in the world through inspiring others toward a cleaner earth, helping those in need or simply being good to their bodies. But how do these people get to where they are?

This week, I took the time to gather together five pieces of advice from women that are making a difference, and following their passions professionally. Here’s five perspectives on how to ask yourself the right questions, research your options and start on the path to doing what you love.

1. Jenn Turliuk suggests that you shadow people who are following their dreams.

Jenn writes,

I’m so happy that I took the time to prototype my different career options—and am grateful for the fact that it was nearly free to do so (much cheaper than say, an MBA, which many people say they take to figure out what to do with their lives). I learned more in those few months than I had in years.

2. Feeling unhappy and unfulfilled? Here’s 15 questions to ask yourself to find if you’re on the right path.

3. Perhaps you’re one step further, and you’ve launched out as an entrepreneur, but have no idea how to balance this lifestyle. Here are four ways to maintain balance and keep your focus.

4. Overwhelmed? Take courage. Here are three tips from a woman who’s “been there, done that” to maintaining the right frame of mind on your career, your life and what’s truly important in both as you set out to chase your dream.

5. Lastly, Leah Eichler writes that its important to find work that fits your personality.

For some, a misstep can happen even before launching their career. Characterizing herself as being “overeducated but underqualified for many roles,” Jacqueline Chernys, a Toronto lawyer with a doctorate in genetics, laments attending graduate school without taking the time to reflect on whether her personality matched the field she was entering.

“Don’t try to fit into a box because it will give you a good career,” she advised. “Find your personality and then find the career that matches your personality.”

Photo via Margaret Jacobsen Photography. Used with Permission.


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Founder/owner of the Nakate Project, an initiative bringing third world female artisans to high fashion. I am passionate about all things that are truly sustainable, and truly making a positive difference in the world around us.



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