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    What does success look like to you? Are you striving toward some self-defined destination? Are you taking a route of you own choosing to get there? True success comes from doing what you were created to do, what you’re passionate about.

    With regard to your professional life, what does success look like to you? Are you striving toward some self-defined destination? More to the

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    point, are you taking a route of you own choosing to get there?

    If you’ve read more than a few of the articles I’ve written for Upstart, you probably notice a recurring theme. Some people call it lifestyle design. Others may use the term “following your heart.” I don’t really have a name for it, but it boils down to this: true success in life and business comes from doing what you were  created to do, what you’re passionate about.

    When you look back over your career, you can say with Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z, “I did it my way.” Not the way your parents did it.  Not the way society pressured you to conform to. Not the (necessarily) following the rules your teachers taught you.

    Your way.

    Larry Stybel wrote a recent article investigating what he calls “Murray’s Law for Success on Your Own Terms.

    He was inspired by Murray Graziano, a man who doesn’t work because he needs the paycheck, but because he want to do the work he’s involved in.

    Attaining personal success via Murray’s Law requires self-examination. Ask yourself these three questions:

    1. Are you positioning yourself so that one day, you do not have to work?
    2. When you no longer have a financial need to work in the role you occupy, would you still continue to occupy that role?
    3. Do you define your own standards of career excellence?

    If you didn’t answer affirmatively to all three questions, you may need to do some soul searching.

    I recently heard Dan Kennedy say something to the effect of “You don’t want to build a limosine, only to find that you hate to ride in it when you’re finished.”

    Start designing the career you really want today. Start by looking inward. What do you really want out of your profession. What do you want to do so that you’ll wake up in the morning excited about work? Who do you want to work with? Where would you like to be while you’re on the job?

    You want to be able to enjoy work and get a sense of fulfillment from it. When you’re cramming yourself into a professional mold somebody else made for you, how truly happy will you really be?

    Donnie Bryant
    Content Director
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

    Filed Under: Career


    About the Author: Donnie Bryant is a direct response copywriter and marketing consultant. He specializes in improving businesses' sales and profitability by creating compelling marketing messages and strategies. Find out more about Donnie at http://donnie-bryant.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @donniebryant and connect with him on Google Plus at +donniebryant.

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    1. Celesta Hackner says:

      Great post. I believe people should learn a lot from this blog its real user pleasant. “My father always told me, ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.'”

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