How To Use The Career Criteria List To Figure Out What You Want To Be When You Grow Up
Have you ever heard of the Career Criteria List? Chances are, you probably haven't because this is not publicly available online. But once you have the Career Criteria List, you can use it to answer one of the biggest questions that most people have in their career, and that is, what do I want to be when I grow up? So before I show you how to use the Career Criteria List, I want to bust one huge myth that I believe is preventing people from actually taking action and figuring out what they want to do in their career and their health and their relationships to build the lifestyle that they actually want.
It comes from a quote that is actually very popular. Chances are you've heard of it before. It is by Mark Twain and it talks about how the two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why. So why don't I like this quote? The reason why I don't like this quote is because it implies that there is a magical, single day where the sun is going to shine, the birds are going to start tweeting, there's going to be a rainbow that appears, and all of a sudden you're going to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life.
And I know that this is false. And the reason why I know it's false is because I've had the opportunity of being a part of a mastermind that cost twenty five thousand dollars a year to attend. You have be making a minimum of seven figures a year to be a part of this group, and so there's some incredibly successful thought leaders that are in this group that I've had the chance to network with. The incredible thing that I've realized through working with them is that they still don't have it figured out. They are still figuring out what they want to do with their lives. They might finish a business or move or transition. And the thing is, is that, again, there is no one day when you figure out what you want to do. I believe that there are multiple days when you will figure out why. So I wanted to bust that myth and change this to help people to understand that there are multiple days when you're actually going to figure out what you want to do.
Once you have this myth eliminated from your head, it automatically gives you more room to breathe because there's not going to be a single day. There's multiple opportunities for you to discover what you want to do. So that is where the Career Criteria List comes back into play. And this is a very simple tool and sometimes simple is the most powerful. Basically all it is, is on one side you have the must haves, and on the other side you have the must not haves of your career.
And all you do is you make a list of the things that you want and the things that you don't want in your career. Again, super simple. But the thing is that most people don't have this clearly defined. When opportunities come up that are kind of not what they want, but it is enough of what they want, they'll accept it. And the reason why is because they don't have it clearly defined. And then they go about having a career path that is actually not fulfilling and exactly what you want.
So as an action item for you, watching this video right now, if you're the kind of person that likes to take action, wants to move forward, wants to build the life that you actually want, all you have to do is pull out a piece of paper, write a line down the middle, and make a list of things you want in your career and things you don't want your career. As an example, for me, travel is really important. I've been to twenty three different countries and so one of the must haves is having a career that allows me to travel and another career that allows me to impact other people, and must not haves, I don't want to have to go to an office every single day. So very simple. And once you figure this out, you will then have something that you can clearly reference and say, this is what I want and this is what I don't want. And you can then assess opportunities much more efficiently once you have it spelled out.
So then how does this transition into figuring out what you want to be when you grow up? The first step, again, was to understand that there are multiple days when you're going to figure out what you want to do. The second step is to get a general direction of the things that you do want in your career and the things that you don't want in your career. And then the third step is to start experimenting. Nothing is going to happen if you're not taking any action on anything.
Once you have this, you can begin to pursue opportunities and experiment and just ask yourself, is this something that I want to continue doing or is this something I don't want to continue doing? Does it match up with what I think my ideal career path is? And once you do this and you continue going throughout this process, you will start discovering those days when you figure out what you actually want to do. So I believe that this is a question that holds way too many people back and forces you to have to be at the mercy of other people and to have a job where you're not insanely passionate about and a career path that doesn't make you want to jump out of bed in the morning.
Doing this simple exercise, the Career Criteria List, will turn that around for you and help you to answer this question. And I think that's something that can be super valuable for you. So if you found this valuable, I would really appreciate if you gave me some likes, comments, and shares on this video. I'm going to continue to put out other exercises and other strategies that you can use to take your career to the next level. We'll talk soon.