How to Find Work You Love: The 10-P Framework

I decided that I wanted to become a doctor when I was a teenager. And I'll admit that I didn't think through my decision as thoroughly as I should have. And this was partly due to the fact that I had no idea how. It's crazy that we have to decide what we want to do for the rest of our lives at such a young age. Committing to a profession as demanding as medicine can feel like being locked into a high-stakes game with no easy way out.

To simplify this process, I propose a framework that incorporates the 10 P's—seven positive factors to optimize, and three pitfalls to avoid. It's a method that This method helps evaluate potential career paths with a more individualized approach.

  1. Personality: First, ask yourself if the career aligns with your personality traits. Are you a social butterfly or a solitary thinker? Does the profession require quick decisions or slow, meticulous planning?
  2. Passion: "Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." Ideally, you would find a career that you enjoy, which makes it easier to show up to work even on the bad days.
  3. Proficiency: Skill and competence are critical. Do you have the necessary abilities or the potential to develop them?
  4. Profit: While money isn't everything, it is an important aspect to consider. Does the career offer financial stability and security? Can you sustain a comfortable lifestyle, save for the future, and have room for leisure and luxuries?
  5. Progression: Consider if the career provides room for growth and advancement. Are there opportunities for promotions, skill enhancement, and achieving new milestones?
  6. Purpose: Does your chosen career align with your broader life goals and values? A career with purpose gives a sense of fulfillment and meaning beyond the day-to-day tasks.
  7. Prodigy: Evaluate whether you have a natural edge in this field. This includes physical traits, like height and appearance.

The first seven are criteria to optimize. These last 3 are factors that should not weigh heavily into your decision:

  1. Parents: Our parents will have their opinions, but remember that this is your career. Respect their insights and wisdom, but ultimately you're the one who needs to love what you do.
  2. Popularity: Don't chase a career because it can make you famous. Prestige and fame can be enticing, but they are fleeting and often don't reflect job satisfaction or a good career fit.
  3. Peer Pressure: Avoid getting swayed by trends or your peers. Just because you see all your friends making a lot of money going into real estate doesn't mean that it will be a good fit for you.

Try out this 10 P framework and let me know how it goes. Is the career you're considering compatible with you?





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