Research Your Desires

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Yesterday we talked about researching yourself. Taking time to learn more about you opens up many doors and helps you to start to narrow what you really want to do. And that is important. After all, for right now at least, this is the life you have. You want to find the things that make you happy and passionate, and you want to pursue them.

Imagine, as a child, watching a television show about an emergency medical technician (EMT) and his partner. They go out and save lives, do great and heroic things, and all works out for good within the half-hour program. On that show, the EMTs are adored heroes and loved by all. Imagine your shock and dismay if you spent years becoming an EMT with little more than that knowledge.

EMTs are valued people, and I honor them in the work they do. They are however in a sometimes thankless job. They are often out picking up hurt drunks at 3 AM in the morning after the bars close, having to help in the middle of domestic arguments, and even sometimes being scorned by their own families because of the shifts they have to work and the times that they are not home.

Don’t get me wrong, EMTs are heroes, and I very much respect them. It is just hard to feel that sometimes when you are working with a shooting victim in a bad part of town while being shot at yourself. In our city, we raise money for firefighters and EMTs to receive the same bulletproof equipment that our police use.

We need EMTs, and if you really desire to be one, please go for it. Just know what you’re getting into with eyes wide open, and your research completed. I’m not picking on EMTs. I could show concerns for almost any position in any career field. You don’t ‘not’ go into a career field because of the fears, you go into a career field because of your passions. This is very important to understand.

I have developed some tools and ideas and researched where other excellent and free tools and considerations are found. If you are seeking ideas and research on where you want to go and what you want to do in your future, please let me know.  I may be able to assist.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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