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Questions to Help You Find Your Calling


If you’re a NPR geek like me, you’ve likely heard that Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps recently published a new book Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work.¬†Culled from over 65,000 recorded StoryCorps interviews, the stories demonstrate that vocational passion and fulfillment can be found in the most unexpected ways and places.

I read the book this past weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. I think you will too.

While the book is more an inspirational read than a how-to guide, Isay includes a list of thought-provoking questions at the end of the book that I think are worth sharing. (Technically these questions are designed to get people to open for their StoryCorps interviews, but I think they’re equally useful as a means to help you find your calling).

While not all the questions will resonate, at least a few should prompts some insights into your values, motivators and passions as you plan your second act.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • What were the happiest moments of your life? The saddest?
  • Who has been the most important person in your life?
  • What lessons has your work life taught you?
  • What are you the proudest of in your life?
  • Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to pass along to me?
  • How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
  • How would you like to be remembered?
  • Do you have any regrets?

Interesting food for thought, no? I hope you’ll take some time to mull these over.

To learn more about the book and to hear a few of the interviews, be sure to check out this NextAvenue.org post Finding Your Calling Through Work.


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