Understand Yourself

“Do not look for sanctuary in anyone but yourself”
~ The Buddha ~

Although most people would agree that they want to be successful, success is not defined by monetary wealth alone. By exploring the depths of "success," you can realize that it has a different definition for everyone and a very specific definition for you. For some people, success revolves around money and power; for others, it represents simplicity and time with family. I encourage you to define your definition of success on your path to experiencing a career and live you love. You can better narrow that definition by understanding yourself through exploring your values, interests, personality, skills, life experiences, family, and social Influences.

The resources below can be useful in helping you identify the things you value most, the interests you prefer to have in your work environment, how your personality can explain your prefered environments, the skills you most want to use, how past experiences can help you discover what future experiences you want to have, and how family and social influencers can be encouraging or discouraging you from achieving your ideal career.

After you better understand yourself and your preferences for a career, visit the Find Your Ideal Job page
for strategies to explore, practice, and complete a successful job search in your journey to finding a career you love.

If you want to learn more about from where some of these ideas stemmed, check out a summary of some common career development theories.

Would you like more help exploring these areas? 

Cheryl Pence Wolf, Ph.D., NCC, LPCA, PHR, CHt, is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant, and professional counselor with more than 20 years of leadership, research, teaching, education, and experience. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), Certified Professional in Human Resource Professional (PHR), and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHt) with experience as a military leader, executive recruiter, financial advisor, career counselor, and professor. To learn more about working with her as an individual or with your group, visit www.CherylPenceWolf.com.