I had the great fortune to spend time in the beautiful country of Portugal recently. In a word, the place is magical. As generally happens when we step away from our day to day, a change of scenery allowed me to see things from a different perspective. I came home reminded of a few lessons that are applicable both professionally and personally.
Finding a job that speaks to your passion can be stressful. Some people are anxious when they realize that their passions are difficult to identify, seem ambiguous or elusive, or feel non-transferable to actual jobs. Instead of trying to match your passion to your job, I suggest aligning your values with your work.
I have a confession to make: After 14 years of being a father, I still wonder daily if I am ever going to really figure out this parenting business. I often joke with friends who are new parents that there’s a reason the shelves in the “Parenting” section of your local bookstore sag under the weight of the newest, latest, and greatest “how-to” guides.