When you talk to people who have walked away from a successful career or high-powered job to do something completely different, nearly all of them say the same thing: “I should have done this sooner.” Life is too short to work at a job you don’t enjoy; and too long not to be doing work you find satisfying.

Reality check. Given the current economy and unemployment situation, most people today aren’t in a financial position to chuck their job to pursue their dreams. They’re simply happy to have a job. But times won’t always be this tight. We’re already seeing hopeful signs that the economy is improving. You may not be ready or able to dive into your dream job this moment, but Zoondy allows you to get all your ducks in a row and get your feet wet so you’re in position to make the move when you feel the time is right. (Click here to find out how Zoondy works.)

Get started. As we noted in our previous post, finding your passion is the first step to creating a new, more satisfying career. Once you’ve pinpointed the work skills and situations that offer you the greatest satisfaction, it’s time to move to the next step:

2. Discover your purpose. Most job skills are transferrable, meaning that they can be applied to any number of occupations. Where you choose to apply your skills depends largely on your goals and purpose. For example, if your goal is to increase income, you might focus on business or retail applications. If you derive great satisfaction from helping others, you might want to look for non-profit organizations. Putting your skills to use for a purpose you find worthwhile is the key to job satisfaction.

3. Make it marketable. Once you’ve defined your skills and decided how you want to use them, you have to find a marketable application. Whether your goal is to find a job or be your own boss, you have to match what you have to offer to what people need. We’ll talk about that next time.

To be continued