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FAST COMPANY: THINK MORE CONCRETELY ABOUT YOUR MOTIVATIONS, NEEDS, SKILLS, AND WHAT YOU’RE WILLING TO DO—OR GIVE UP.

When it comes down to actually going after a more fulfilling career path, there are better questions to ask than, “What’s my passion?” You need to think more concretely about your motivations, needs, skills, and what you’re willing to do—or give up—in order to find that great opportunity. Here are five alternative questions to ask yourself instead.

1. WHY DO I CARE ABOUT FINDING MY PASSION?

2. WHAT ROLE DOES WORK PLAY IN THE KIND OF LIFE I WANT?

3. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES EXCITE ME—AND HOW COME?

4. WHAT DO I WANT TO GET REALLY GOOD AT DOING? (mastery makes us happy)

5. WHAT AM I WILLING TO GIVE UP?

The classic tradeoffs, of course, focus on pay and leisure time, but there are also some others that don’t usually get enough consideration. What about a better commute? Better location? Better use of your skills? Faster- or slower-paced culture? Think about what made previous jobs either great or intolerable, and what aspects you’d like your next move to improve upon.

Distinguishing between your non-negotiables and your nice-but-not-necessary items can give you some clarity. And be honest with yourself: Something that may seem frivolous (like 25 minutes off your travel time) might not be at all. If it’ll make you happier, don’t dismiss it.

Read the full article: http://www.fastcompany.com/3050942/5-career-questions-to-ask-yourself-instead-of-whats-my-passion

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