641. Expert Interview: Choose Your Career from the Inside Out, Not from the Outside In
Dustin Peterson is the author of “RESET: How to Get Paid and Love What You Do,” founder and CEO at Proof Leadership Group, and a career coach. After working an unfulfilling job in public relations, he set out to find his passion and live it, learning along the way the steps to identify purpose and articulate talents. He now dedicates his time to helping others discover their best-fit career. Dustin has taught and trained leaders at Rice University, Indiana University, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and has trained, coached, and consulted for numerous organizations in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Choosing Your Career from the Inside Out, Not from the Outside In, with Dustin Peterson
“Most of us are naturally drawn toward making career decisions based on extrinsic factors first. The pressure from the outside world is strong—from money, parents, friends and siblings—but the key is to never put those outside factors in the first position in your career decision making. And the shelf life of a decision based entirely on an extrinsic motivation like geographical factors, such as a desire to work in San Diego, ends soon after you’ve reached the destination.”
Why Is This Important?
“Whenever you’re using your natural, intrinsic talents you’re releasing energy and endorphins. This tells you what you are doing is natural and fluid. It’s saying, ‘You should do more of this!’ If you will stop and pay attention to the moments that give you energy, you can backtrack that energy and trace it to one of your natural talents.”
What Are the Key Lessons Learned Here?
“Always put intrinsic factors first in making your career decision. To get at these internal factors, ask yourself these questions: What is your life purpose? What do you value? What are your natural talents? Where do you do your best work? If you can find a job that aligns with who you are, and then consider extrinsic factors, you are more likely to be satisfied and happy in your career. Research has shown that people who love what they do end up making more money over time—maybe not in the short-term—than those who pursue extrinsic motivation.”
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