How To Find Your Dream Job In 10 Simple Steps

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Ditching a sweet job in tech to launch your own business is a very brave move. Just ask Jessica Semaan. She left her gig at Airbnb to follow her passion — which just so happens to be helping other folks find their calling.

The Passion Co., which launched in October of last year, is a collective of creatives that hosts workshops, meetings, and events to help individuals find their true career path. Figuring out exactly what that is can be much more complex than you might think.

"No dream is built overnight," Semaan tells us. "The realization that you have to start somewhere, even if you are unsure, and that it takes time to get to where you want, is courageous."

Feeling bold? We asked Semaan to give us her best tips for how to find (and follow!) your inner voice.
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"Finding your passion is also a process of elimination," Semaan says. "Make a list of the things you don't like to do at work, the type of people you don't enjoy being around, and the industries you're not interested in."
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"Finding and living your passion requires stepping out of your comfort zone," Semaan explains. "You may even stumble on your passion while doing so. Do something that scares you once a week. It can be small, whether taking yourself on a date, learning improv, or opening your heart to a stranger."
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"Try to pick three things you really care about," Semaan says. "And, ask yourself why at least three times. Try to get to the essence of what makes you come alive and what really drives you."
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"Self-knowledge is a habit and does not happen overnight," she explains. "Beginning to connect with yourself and your emotions on a daily basis will get you closer to connecting to your passions and the unique gifts you have."
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"Most people who currently live their passions started with a small project on the side," Semaan says. "Pick something you are excited about, do not worry at this point if it makes money, and start a small project around it: a blog or a meetup. You can even sign up for classes, anything you can do on the side without quitting your job is proactive."
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"Without accountability, little is done," Semaan tells us. "Ask a friend and someone you trust to hold you accountable to completing a passion project, maybe even do the same for them."
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"Afraid of rejection? Lack of structure? Uncertainty? Practice it," suggests Semaan. "The secret to successfully transitioning to doing what you love is to build a thick skin."
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"Oftentimes, our passions are within us and have been repressed as we grew older and more responsible," Semaan says. "Close your eyes and imagine yourself as a little kid: What did you love to do, what did you want to be when you grew older? The answer may just be there."
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"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with," she says. "The more you surround yourself with passionate people, the more likely you will learn from them and feel inspired to take action and explore what you want to do. If there is someone you admire, reach out to them and ask them for coffee."
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"They say knowledge is power; I say knowing your fears is a superpower," Semaan explains. "If you know them, you will spot them when they come up in the times when you are about to do something passionate or leave a job you do not like."
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