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The year is 1994. Jeff Bezos, the youngest-ever vice president at Wall Street Investment Banker D.E. Shaw & Co, takes a chance, makes a career change, travels 2,800 miles from NYC to Seattle and puts everything on the line to turn a passion for e-commerce retailing into a reality. The rest… is Amazon.com.

How do people like Jeff Bezos find their passion and drive? How can someone know so confidently what he want to do with his life?

Some of us have found our passion and drive. Some are still exploring and wondering what it is we want to do.

Regardless of which group you belong to, one thing is common- we all want to love what we do. 

The best career path is a marathon which you can only run through trial and error, learning & growing through the process.

Your passion or curiosity could be something closely related to your present career or maybe you’re a software engineer and want to be an artist.

No matter how long you’ve been working in one job or one field or how old you are, take a moment and ask yourself whether you need a career change.

Here are five vital signs and questions that could help you make the scary decision to change your career.

#1 Loss Of Passion

It’s one thing to feel tired and worn out after work and completely other, to dread going to work every morning.

Question to ask yourself: The one thing I love about my job is______,

This is a great way of understanding why you go to work every day, is it the benefits? Or is the purpose, the mark that your work leaves on the world?

#2 Lack Of Growth 

Getting employed and going to work is just one side of the coin. No matter what kind of purpose you are working for, if you don’t grow professionally and if your skills remain the same, it is time to make a decision.

Question to ask yourself: In the past ____ years I’ve worked here, I have learned______.

These could be a set of new skills that your work demands. Or maybe you met some very inspiring coworkers. It is important to remember that the relationship between us and our job is two way. We help each other grow.

#3 Lack Of Excitement 

Stuart Brown, a psychiatrist once stated ,” Sunday nights aren’t considered the end of a great weekend but the beginning of something neither the child, nor the adult is looking forward to”

Question to ask yourself : I don’t want to go to work tomorrow because_____.

It is certainly normal to get excited when Friday comes up and dread Sundays, but try to find the reason behind that.

#4 Loss Of Satisfaction

Ever wondered why so many employees leave their high paying jobs ? Loss of satisfaction.

Even though the percentage of Americans who are satisfied by their jobs have been increasing since 2005, it, unfortunately, only equates to one in three workers.

Question to ask yourself: If today were the last day of my life, would I be doing what I’m about to do today?

#5 Lack Of Identity 

It’s one thing to do multiple tasks, in order to learn and fulfill your curiosity, but if your employer indirectly or directly does not let you be your authentic self, it’s time to change. Not only does this decrease your contribution but at the same time, it could lead to a self-identity crisis that could disturb you emotionally.

Question to ask yourself: At work, I absolutely love doing_____.

While sometimes doing something you don’t like could be necessary (& can make you a great team player), it should not become a permanent task.

In order to win the ‘Career Lottery’, we have to be willing to experiment. However, what is also essential at the same tine is for us to educate ourselves about what we want to get into. Not only does that ensure security but also, helps us make realistic decisions.

As Steve Jobs said,

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Below are two courses that will aid you through the process. Also, explore more than 900 courses on edX and discover a new passion and open the door to a new career.

Verified, UC BerkeleyX, GG101x, The Science of Happiness, edX, www.edx.org, Click to Enroll NowXSeries Program, Career Edge: The Path to Career Success, The skills you need to succeed in today's competitive job market, edX, www.edx.org, Click to Enroll Now

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