“Sometimes, starting with your dislikes will help you find your way” 

While the common question of “what is your passion” and “do what you enjoy” is great advice-what if I have no idea what I like?  If I knew, certainly I would already be doing that and have a budding business or career.

Sometimes, starting with your dislikes will help you find what you do enjoy.

Quick Exercise:

  1. Write down hobbies/jobs/side hustles that you have done in the past. 
  2. Write down why you didn’t enjoy that particular thing.
  3. Write down another reason why you didn’t enjoy that particular thing.
  4. Write down why you decided to try it.

You should now have 4 columns filled out with as many rows of hobbies/jobs/side hustles as you listed. What are some of the reasons you decided to engage in that activity? Was it reasons that were intrinsically motivating or were they extrinsic? (Extrinsic are rewards, titles, money, status)

Now I would like you to think about the reasons why you didn’t like it.  Was it because you weren’t good at networking?  Was it because it didn’t make you money? Because there was no return on investment? Was it because you had to leverage your own tight network to increase business results? What didn’t you enjoy about this-what bothered you?

Take some time to reflect on what you wrote down and then you can start to concretely identify some of your dislikes.  Once you know your dislikes, you can start to choose hobbies/jobs or starting a side business that may appeal to you.  By decreasing your options, eliminating things you know you don’t want to do, you get closer to finding what does speak to you.

Pursue hobbies, take a inexpensive class, watch a You-Tube video on cooking- it’s ok to dabble.  A college drop out, who happened to drop into a calligraphy class for fun-inspired him to create a collection of fonts-a way to express ourselves- on our modern day computers.

“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.” -Steve Jobs  2005 Commencement Speech at Stanford 

Use your dislikes to find what you do enjoy.

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