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Career DNAHere’s a new way to consider your career brand.

You have probably heard someone play the piano and could see that they knew how to read music and play the notes consistently. But have you ever heard someone who really knows how to tickle the ivory? The experience changes your frame of reference for what you call a good pianist versus a great one! It’s usually easy to see when someone with a natural talent is doing what they do best, taking real satisfaction in it.

The point is simple: If you look only at your ability to do a job, then your true greatness won’t shine. You may have a reputation for doing many things well. However, if you are honest with yourself, some of those tasks may not give you satisfaction. You may not get energy or excitement from doing them. You have to separate ability from passion.

You’ve probably heard debates about nature versus nurture, and in a career, nature is so key. You have to identify your natural responses. What are the things you do well almost without thinking and take pleasure in doing? I call this your DNA: Defined Natural Ability.

When you define yourself only by titles and skills, the danger is that you might be heading for career burnout. You have the skills to do the job, but it’s not your true DNA. If you base your career choice solely on the fact that you have the skills to do the job, you’re forcing a career fit. Just because you might have the skills to haul trash doesn’t mean a career in waste management is your destiny, does it? That’s no criticism of trash haulers. For some people operating a truck of that size and power or being in a job that takes them outdoors every day is indeed what they love! But you get the point. Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you were meant to do it.

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