I have been asked many times, "how did you figure out what you wanted to do?". Unfortunately, the answer is both simple and complicated. Let me give you a little background on how this all got started.
My brother started his own company at the very young age of 21. I have watched him make mistakes, make wonderful successes, cry, and celebrate over the 10 years he has run his company. My brother is intelligent and has just enough quirkiness to take on a risk of running a company. I thought to myself I would love to be in charge of my own company one day, but I don't have a product, idea, or even an inkling of what I would do!
I started thinking about what I wanted to do at the age of 23. I never could come up with anything. I kept looking at what I enjoyed about my current job- sales, operations, human interaction, management... but those are just part of the job. They weren't 'THE JOB'.
When I found myself at a point in my career where I was in a negative environment that wasn't cultivating growth I realized I had to walk away. I cared too much about what I built to walk away easily, but I cared more about my dignity and being able to look myself in the mirror every night to stay. I was in a place where I wasn't sure where to go next. I had multiple offers to do exactly what I was doing for more money and more responsibility, but this was my chance to do what I WANTED to do.
The only problem with taking the chance of doing what you want to do is you have to know what it is you want to do! I did not yet! So I kept going back to what I knew, and after three months of market research and business plans I threw in the towel on what I knew and quieted my mind to find what I loved. I stopped thinking so much and started paying attention to myself.
What I mean by that is I started to notice what I was drawn to when I was just hanging on the couch or what articles I enjoyed reading. After two weeks of doing that I realized I was constantly looking at nutrition and fitness articles. I was always checking out new and healthy recipes. I started doing research on how to become a nutritionist. I wasn't excited to go back to school, but I knew if I was going to give myself a chance at doing what I 'loved' then I better get over my fears and apprehensions.
I took the plunge and haven't looked back. I can genuinely say that I love every day of my job and I can't believe it took me this long to find it. I know some people never find what they love, so here is my advice. Start paying attention to what you are doing when you're not working. What do you care about? What do you enjoy spending your time on? Follow the dots and you will eventually find what you love!