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“Clarity is oftentimes the best fuel for courage, the best fuel for bravery and the best fuel for stepping into showing up as the person that you want to be, even if you feel like that person is really far away from who you perceive yourself to be in the moment.” – Lisa Lewis
When trying to figure out what you truly want in your career, clarity is key. Today’s Finding Brave guest shares the framework that she has created to help others understand what it is that they want, even if they’re feeling tremendously uncertain in these turbulent times.
Lisa Lewis Miller is a career change expert and the author of Career Clarity: Finally Find Work That Fits Your Values and Your Lifestyle. Her path evolved into career coaching after working in digital marketing for nearly a decade at companies like the American Cancer Society, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, and CBS College Sports. Lisa’s work has been featured in The Washington Post, Business Insider, US News and World Report, Fast Company, Refinery29 and more, and she received her coaching certification as one of only 7 coaches in the world trained in the Pivot Method.
So many people struggle right now with how to be clear on what they want and what they’re willing to trade to get it. By implementing the strategies that Lisa reveals in this episode, you can immediately start taking action in more empowered ways in your career.
Highlights from this Episode:
- Why people really struggle so much with deciding on what to do for a career [2:42]
- What she believes is the effect that parents are having on their child’s future [10:55]
- The worst thing you can do at this moment if you’re wanting to make a pivot in your career [17:55]
- Why having options and embracing flexibility is key in today’s world [25:03]
- A breakdown of her methodology and framework, and what she says that it isn’t [26:57]
- Why determining your strengths and gifts can be tricky, and an example of this from Lisa’s own career [28:06]
- What “magnetic interests” are, and why recognizing those should matter a great deal to you [33:31]
- Things to consider in order to ensure the position you have and the company you work for is a fit for your personality [37:58]
- Lisa’s tips and strategies for making sure your career matches your lifestyle needs [42:02]
- How her 4 pillars, along with the specific questions she gives for each, can give you career clarity [44:40]
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“If you can’t feel confident and clear about what you want, it’s really hard to do the work, to feel fulfilled in your career and to be confident, powerful and clear on your trajectory.” [4:38]
“Having optionality is a huge piece of this, so that if you find your industry or company is changing underneath you, you don’t feel like you are falling on your butt and having to start at zero.” [25:03]
“Every study under the sun says that working in areas of your strength tends to lead to more satisfaction and more sustainability in a role, but sometimes it feels really challenging to know and understand what your strengths are. This is partially because in the working world, often what is valued is our skills.” [28:15]
“A thing that is a big motivator for many of us is the challenge and opportunity to feel like you’re expanding.” [31:12]
“Noticing where you tend to be most effective, and what type of community and culture makes you most effective, is really important.” [39:04]
“Personality fit is subtle but it matters just as much as, if not more than, some of the other pillars in this process. Find a place that feels like home and could be a fit for you.” [40:29]
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