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Finding the Work You Love

April 30, 2008

“Finding the work you love, loving the work you find” is a well-known exercise in the field of job reeducation.

What are the things you love to do? Think about the hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your leisure hours and subjects you read about with great curiosity. This list may include food, massage, exercise, counseling, fashion—almost anything. Take your time, write down it down; make sure the list is exhaustive. Somewhere in this list lies the key to your new career.

If you could spend eight hours a day thinking about or working with some of these subject areas, which ones would you pick? Use these as indicators of the kind of work you might find enjoyable.

When you have identified and selected your strongest interests, start taking steps to make your new job a reality. It may take some time and effort, but the benefits to your health and quality of life will be enormous. Keep in mind that what you need from a job may change with time. You can always use your creativity and intelligence to create a new situation.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.