THIS IS NOT ABOUT ANYONE ELSE – IT’S JUST ABOUT YOU!
What is my life’s work? It’s quite an intimidating thing to think about.
When you look back to your younger years, what do you remember wanting to be when you “grew up”?
Is that the job that you are currently doing?
Sometimes when we look back to those days of innocence, we find where our passion lies.
Today, our guest Yuri Kruman shares his personal experience in figuring out his own life’s work. From trying to please his family’s wishes on what they thought would bring him much success, to getting “kicked-out” of grad school, and finally to doing what it is that he is most passionate about in life.
Half of figuring out your own career transition is looking back at all of your life’s experiences and determining what you are naturally good at. What you’re known for doing really well by those people that surround you.
Finding out what your natural role is will help you translate that natural ability to something else.
According to Yuri, reconnecting to your essence will help you understand what it is that you need to be doing with your life. You need to be looking back and identifying the patterns in your life to guide you to your life’s work.
If you’re wondering how to actually pull out the patterns from your past, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Yuri recommends the following steps to find your own patterns to help you figure out your life’s work:
Step 1: Get away from your usual advisers
These are people that have a fixed image of who they think you are, also known as distractions. Your need to get a fresh set of eyes to look at you and your experiences with no context or extreme filters on the perception of who everyone else thinks your are.
Step 2: Find out if what you’re currently doing or what you are looking at doing in the future is a “good fit” or not
Ask others more questions from people that have been where you are or are currently where you want to be going. Get their take on your role and future plans.
Step 3: Talk to other people that are in similar situations as you or that have transitioned to what you’re looking to do
Get their story. Learn from their experience. Learn what their biggest takeaways were and get some of their recommendations to shortcut your way to a new career path.
Step 4: Give yourself time and space away from your “routine”
Most of the time, we all live in a world on auto-pilot. You need to find time or create the space you need to find the “real you.”
Who were you before society told you who you were?
ABOUT YURI KRUMAN
Yuri’s family immigrated from the Soviet Union through his mother’s career in science. Like many people, he went down the path that a lot parents groom their children to follow…that path to a “successful” career through higher-education. It was while Yuri was in school, that he realized he was just not great at learning pre-med and that he didn’t belong in the sciences. He knew his passion was in humanity. So, he switched to law school to at least walk away with a graduate degree to please his parents.
It was after his first job as a paralegal that he had another realization that we can all relate to…he couldn’t pretend to be good at something anymore, that he needed to work for something that he is passionate about.
This leads us to today. Yuri is now a trusted career, business and life coach – a professional strategist based in New York.
As Member of the Forbes Career Council and CEO / Founder of Master The Talk Career Success Consulting, he has helped clients of all career stages, industries and job markets around the world (and all around the U.S.) to chart a clear path in their careers, building confidence and understanding along the way.
He specializes in helping mid-career millennials build their own startups and continues to help them set the foundation for their transition to start their life’s best work.
EPISODE LINKS AND RESOURCES
Guest: Yuri Kruman
Website: Master the Talk
Facebook: Master the Talk
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