The four Ps you must unravel before choosing your career.

"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from." Seth Godin

At the university, I studied a course I wasn't too interested in-plant science. And as much as the government was developing the Agricultural sector, I knew being a plant scientist was not it for me.
Back in high school, I loved the arts, but I felt Science was the real deal. So I wanted to be an Orthopedist, I told myself I would study medicine and specialize in orthopedics.

After writing the required exam for admission into the University. I was offered Plant Science. I could have rejected it, but I didn't want to stay at home for another year, so I decided I would study hard in my first year and cross to the medical school by the second year.

But by the end of my first year I knew medicine wasn't it for me anymore. I knew I only admired doctors because of their smartness.

But I wanted something more, something I couldn't explain.

Wondering what the future holds for me, I would attend any career programs or seminars in my school, took different personality tests just so I could discover where exactly I fit in.

With the help of my personal self awareness, books and seminars I started discovering my real calling.

So for those who are still confuse on their career choice, I'm going to share the four keys that you should also unravel before saying yes to that job or business.

1. Passion: What get you up in the morning.
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." Steve Jobs

You have probably heard the word 'passion' a million times before. You wouldn't want to end up frustrated along the line with your job.
You should be in for a long haul.

Have a look at the books you have, articles, stories and magazines that catches your attention. What do you spend your time on or dream about when you are not busy? Well success isn't guaranteed but life is much more fun when you are emotionally invested in what you are doing.

2. Play: what is fun to you.
There is something others may find difficult to do, but you can do it without stress. Someone has probably commended or praised you for it.
You do it for free, when others are charging a fee for it.

It could be intangible- ability to unravel mystery, your wisdom. Or the tangible- the skills you possess that you easily developed.

3. Pleasure: what makes your Spirit come alive.
It doesn't matter how fun an activity or job is to you. If your Spirit is no longer in it, you will dump it. When you are alone, will you be happy with yourself for what you are doing?

Can you see yourself thinking about the future and smiling? Can you stand in front of the mirror, look at yourself and feel fulfilled per time?

4. Profession: your credibility and experience.
"A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't
particularly feel like it."
Alistair Cooke

Your passion will get you over the difficulties, your play will fuel you. your pleasure will give you inner peace, put your mind at rest.

But your profession will make you think straight. Your profession is your unique selling point (USP) the valuable skill and asset that differentiate you from others.

If you are passionate about a cause, job or career you don't know much about, you won't go far in it. You need experience and credibility to help you to be taken seriously by your employer, customers or partners.

But the good news is your passion, play and pleasure will give you the strength and patience you need in specializing in the right profession.

When I decided I wanted to start a blog, I ensure I had listed and work out all my four Ps. You should also do the same.

Now I write on things I had always had in me but useful to my readers.
I didn't want to start a blog on topics that I will end up loosing interest in.

While gossips and entertainments blog seem tempting at the beginning, I knew on the long run it doesn't matter I much I make by monetizing it, it won't fill the hole in me.

"Knowing what you don't want to do is the best possible place to be if you don't know what to do. Because knowing what you don't want to do leads you to figure out what it is you really do want to do."- Oprah Winfrey

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