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Patrik Edblad

How to Figure Out What To Do With Your Life (Advice From 13 Personal Development Experts)

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What to do with your lifeFiguring out what to do with your life can be very difficult and is something a lot of people are struggling with.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stuck in the process not knowing where to begin or how to take the next step.

That’s why I asked my favorite personal development bloggers what their number one advice on figuring out what to do with life would be.

They really came through with some awesome advice. Here’s what they said:

  1. “Don’t put too much pressure on yourself or expect to land on The Almighty Answer overnight. It is a process, and it will take patience, creativity, exploration, and experimentation. Try to have fun with it, and ask others for advice who have gone before you. Someone once told me that if everything in our lives came easily, we’d be bored out of our minds, and that humans secretly love a good challenge. So embrace your hero’s journey and see what gems you can pick up on the way to wherever it is you are trying to go. Finally, remember that almost no decisions are final — don’t be afraid to try things out and correct course as you go along.”Jenny Blake, Life After College
  2. “Take a personality type quiz. (Here’s one I like a lot.) Then start being honest with yourself about all the preconceived notions you had about what you are good at that are not actually true. The biggest barriers we have to figuring out what to do with our life is getting out of the web of everyone else’s hopes and dreams for us.”Penelope Trunk, PenelopeTrunk.com 
  3. My number one tip would be to follow your heart. So how do you follow your heart? It comes down to going after what you’re excited about. What do you want to learn? What are you curious about? What do you secretly want to do but are afraid to go after? Especially look at things you don’t believe are possible, because those are exactly the things you should go after. And the bottom line is that you don’t have to figure out what to do with your life, you just have to live one moment at a time, and life will figure itself out.”Henri Junttila, Wake Up Cloud
  4. “You won’t know what you’re doing when you start doing what you think you want to do. Knowing that, I suggest you do something you enjoy enough. Passions are not found, they are unearthed. Typically, you grow into a passion in a manner that you could have never predicted. So, as Cal Newport said, “Get good at something rare and useful” and hopefully you can use that skill to then create a life that you enjoy. There is no one path to happiness & fulfillment but for me what has brought me satisfaction is living with intentionality everyday. That brings some control into a life where you don’t have much say over the numerous circumstances that end up influencing it.”Bassam Tarazi, Colipera
  5. “To create a meaningful transformation in your life, you must first connect with your core values, passions, beliefs and motives. In other words, you need to find your true self. Then you need to align those core assets so there is no disharmony or internal conflict. Transformation always begins on the inside.”Jonathan Wells, Advanced Life Skills
  6. “Just try something. Realize that no one really has life “figured” out. It evolves & changes so try something, see if you like it and repeat until you find something you enjoy.”Joel Runyon, Impossible HQ
  7. “Find passion. There’s a lot of crap and bullshit out there that’s telling you what to do. Even when it comes to positivity, different people are quick to tell you different things on how to be a better person. I say, at the end of the day, you can only trust and believe yourself. Seeing is not even believing anymore. You have to hold on to your experiences and memories and trust them completely. So how do you know you’re in the right direction and not get distracted by all the noise? Get passion, and keep at it.”Alden Tan, Alden-Tan.com
  8. “Journal on the following 4 questions: 1. What would I do if I had all the time and all the money in the world, but still had to work? 2. What would I do if I weren’t afraid to fail? 3. What do I love learning and talking about the most? 4. When do I feel most alive? Go in depth with it… try to write at least one page for each. Don’t judge what you’re writing- just let it flow. By the end of it, you’ll have much more clarity already and then it’ll be time to start experimenting.”Phil Drolet, The Feelgood Lifestyle
  9. “I only have one answer and that is to know your core values and use those as a guide. Knowing your core values means you don’t embark on a career path that is going to constantly throw your values out of alignment and make you feel uncomfortable at best and bitterly unhappy at worst. They may be extreme examples, but if peace and freedom are critical to you, don’t go joining the army, and if family is your number one value don’t take a job that will mean you are away from home 200 days per year, no matter how much it pays! You will soon adapt to the money, but you won’t adapt to being out of alignment with what is really fundamentally important to you.”Tim Brownson, A Daring Adventure 
  10. “I can’t say it better than Joseph Campbell: “follow your bliss.” Build a life that allows you to do as much as possible of whatever puts you in a bliss state. We’ve all felt it. Build a life around it. Make your career choices, your living situation choices, your relationship choices and your financial choices around it.”David Cain, Raptitude
  11. “Focus on becoming a better person. Every day take intentional daily action for personal growth. This means read non-fiction books every day, listen to educational audio programs, and connect with successful people that are doing what you want to do. Figuring out what you want to do with your life is a process that happens overtime. But it will only happen if you are taking the daily action for growth.”Izzy Arkin, 30 Year Old Ninja
  12. “I’m pretty sure there’s no easy answer to this, in the same way anti-aging creams don’t actually work and nor do rapid weight loss techniques. I’m a big one for experimentation. Find a possibility, then figure out how to test it out so you get a dose of reality as to what it’s really like. Don’t go “all in” until whichever of these questions that are relevant are answered: 1. Do I like it? 2. Can I make a living (in whole or part) from it? 3. Do I know what’s at risk if I pursue it? 4. If it doesn’t work, what’s my Plan B?”Michael Bungay Stanier, Box of Crayons
  13.  “Experiment!”Chris Guillebeau, Art of Non-Conformity

Pretty great stuff, huh? 🙂 Now I’d like your take on this. Have you figured out what you want to do with your life? How did you do it?  What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to figure out what to do with theirs?