Analyzing your childhood to look for clues about things that uniquely fascinated you is one helpful way to figure out your career direction, at least in a broad way. In my own past, for example, I remember as a little girl overhearing my mother telling my dad stories about her interactions while working in the “Personnel” department of a local retailer. Hearing those stories about workplace behavior, hirings, and firings was, for me, more fascinating than any good movie.
In another personal example, I remember sitting in the front pew of my church, staring at all the people walking up for communion. I was too young to partake myself, so instead, I studied people’s facial expressions and body language, and speculated about their lives.
In my career path, I have married these odd memories, because I not only counsel people in their careers and job search, but also coach them to change behaviors on the job in order to maximize their potential. If you are struggling to find your ideal career path, scrutinize a few memorable examples from your early years, and you may be surprised at the job or career you can create just by connecting the dots