The Art of Finding a Career You Love requires a whole-brained, balanced approach
I’m excited about the tele-coaching coaching session that my partner, Jay Markunas, and are teaming up to do together tonight. The synchronistic way that it’s all come together still amazes me. It’s got us wondering if we should perhaps offer this as an ongoing monthly program. We’ll have to see!
This idea, which we’re calling “The Art of Finding a Career You Love,” came to us without us having to wrack our brains very much. It kind of seized us and said, “Hey, there… listen up.”
When something finds me like this versus when I deliberately go looking for it, I think it’s especially fun to ponder the meaning. Call it the philosopher in me, call it the spiritual seeker in me, call it the poet/intellectual in me…. but I love to see the connecting points and meanings in events, as well as in the words we use. Interestingly, this is probably one of the qualities that allows me to be so helpful to others who enage my coaching services.
So yesterday I was wondering why in heck did Jay and I decide to call this coaching program, “The Art of Finding a Job You Love” – specifically, why is it the ART of…? I mean, we didn’t really think about it – it just came to us as a package deal. It said, “This is what you’re going to do and this is what it’s called.”
Some thoughts that occurred to me:
Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, or in other words, each of us has a unique perspective. What appeals to one person may not appeal to another. One of my friends thinks Andy Warhol’s “32 Campbell’s Soup Cans” is not art at all – his idea of art (as is most people’s) would be Michelangelo’s work on the Sistine Chapel. Like our tastes in art, our career choices are uniquely individual.
Art, they say, is a mainly right-brain directed activity, while science is a mainly left-brain directed activity. Well, I can agree with that, but only up to a point. I’d say that art and science both require inspiration to achieve leaps forward. Most would agree that inspiration wouldn’t necessarily be considered a left-brain concept. Besides the obvious reasoning that you need both hemispheres of the brain to function well at all, one can’t help but to see that art and science require actively engaging the right AND the left sides of the brain. How else can you explain right-brain originated breakthroughs in science like Kekulé discovering the ring shape of the benzene molecule after dreaming of a snake seizing its own tail? What about Da Vinci’s left-brained scientific studies of human anatomy and mechanical engineering?
Interestingly, our tele-coaching session tonight will be about the art of finding a career you love by accessing both brain hemispheres. When we ask someone to fill out a 14-page worksheet filled with questions designed to pull out information that the right brain knows but the left brain might not be aware of (e.g. questions that access what one is passion about… what one loves to do), this is where the leaps forward begin. When we ask that person to summarize, analyze the answers to these questions, as well as the results of a DISC assessment, we are taking information that the right brain so graciously provided so the left brain can make sense of it and apply it to the outer world. This where the leaps forward really kick in!
So my ponderings have led me to see that “The Art of Finding a Career You Love” is really about passion AND research, which is a whole-brained, balanced approach. That’s fine by me – I adore the balanced approach!