Find your dream job without Allow things to unfold and you will 2 days ago   11:30

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Laura has put in tens of thousands of hours over twenty years to help people make career transitions and improve their lives. Through her coaching company, books, corporate and civic speeches and her media appearances on such shows as The Oprah Winfrey show, CBS This Morning, GMA, The Today show and more, Laura has reached millions of people and showed them how to figure out what to do with their lives without ever looking at their resume.

Laura Berman Fortgang is the author of Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction and a pioneer in the personal coaching field. Her five books in total are published in thirteen languages, have graced bestseller lists and one, The Little Book on Meaning, was up for a Books for a Better Life Award alongside the Dalai Lama and Pema Chodron.

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George Andrews
My dream job is a salaried position paying 80K per year where I come in for five minutes each month to pick up my check...
Jason Gentile
I had my dream job for over 20 years serving our Nation as a Soldier. I am now trying to find that next job.
Austin France
How does any of that help me make more than minimum wage with a useless degree
I watched this talk months ago, saved it, rewatched it now and I'm still moved by it. It's such a simple concept but forces you to rethink yourself and your career in a much more productive and realistic way. For example as a kid, I wanted to be a human rights lawyer-fashion designer-psychologist LOL, and I now am gearing my career towards fintech consultancy in the fashion industry. It always bothered me that I could never reconcile all my radically different dreams and my radically different actual career trajectory... I was like why am I so random and complicated? 😂 Your talk made me realize my yolk is threading that line between being an advocate, a consultant and an innovator. For so long I struggled because I wanted to be a lawyer but not actually be a lawyer lol. I thought I failed for never following up on my dream to be a human rights lawyer-fashion designer-psycjologist LOL. But now I realize it was never the actual jobs that were the dream. It was just the idea of using my expertise to consult others and bringing about innovative solutions. Now I can stop being so narrow-minded and think less in terms of job names to see whether I'm accomplishing my goals and I can use my newly discovered yolk to guide me in future choices. I have watched a lot of talks about finding purpose but nothing reasonated with me or was as directly applicable as this one. 😊
Omran Javan
Sean B
What if I want to be a wizard?
elomari taher
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Diane B
Thank you.
Gayathri Raghunandan
Excellent message,Thank you.
samax amen
"Career satisfaction doesn't come from what you do. It comes from who you get to be while you're doing it..."
I do not want to do anything anymore. Isn't 41 years of work enough? How can I do nothing. So many bosses are able to achieve this and even earn money for it. Why can't I?
Rencie Woolsey
The biggest lie in America is that you are "free" and able to make "choices." When an individual must take on some kind of debt -- whether for education, healthcare, housing, etc. at various stages of his or her life -- that is not a situation of true choice made from a position of freedom.
Mariam Ibrahim
Ramesh I
Thank you Laura, for your fine talk. I could relate to a lot of it, as I have been through that journey too. I too believe that a Resume is just a primer to one's competence and doesn't quite reveal the person in his/her entirety. The "who you get to be" part comes through only over an interview or face-to-face chat. Also, many highly competent people don't bother with a sparkling Resume, hoping they can ace the interview and get the job. As you say, one needs to acquire more skills throughout one's career, even if some of it may not make it to the Resume (after all it's just 2 pages, usually). I wish educational institutions also taught how to prepare a good Resume, which is after all one's personal marketing tool for any job.
Lolop Callulu
I’m 14 years old and this honestly brought me to tears... I’ve always been super creative (singing, dancing, drawing, knitting, interested in coding, photography, loved projects and learning, wondered about people and why they do what they do, always loved history and grammar and different languages and culture, always wanted to travel the world) and I love making people feel like they matter, putting smiles of people’s faces and helping people and showing them care and bettering them as a whole... please help me find careers... I’m desperate and I’m watching this late at night because by tomorrow I have to have picked my classes for sophomore year which will basically shape the rest of my high school experience which shapes my college experience which shapes my life... thank you and good night... God bless you all and your situations... seriously though please help me, I’m really desperate and emotionally exhausted...
ponz znop
Who you get to be is the Real You.. wow great talk
Aware -n- Connected
Excellent! Awesome video. This is so helpful to everyone.
Deb Wetmore
I'd like to find information that applies to trauma victims ... we who didn't have the opportunity to dream - day to day survival was everything.
Wow, so many unexpected insights for someone who “knows it all”. I never thought of my vows...among others. Thank you! 🙏🏼🙏🏼✨💫✨👋🏻😊
Le Balm
I needed to hear this today. Thank you Laura
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