You Do You and Be A Frootloop

You Do You!
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Embrace all of what makes you unique and go with it.
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It is precisely this mentality that will allow you to excel and shine in this very competitive world.
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But HOW? It is so hard when my whole life I have been told to act a certain way or do a certain thing.
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Tip:
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Go on a mental journey to when you were young enough to not care what you did or how you acted and get in touch with what your innate interests and personality was like then.
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Often you here people refer to successful people like this….
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”They always were doing ________ .
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From a young age they had ___________interests.
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Fill in the blank with what that was for you!
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For me, you could find me wandering around our blackberry infested backyard eating the plump fruit while building intricate villages out of random sticks, leaves and insects I found.
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I was building my world and creating for hours.
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I still have this desire to create and be in touch with nature and incorporate it into my work.
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What about you? What makes you wonderfully different?
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You Do You
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Be A Frootloop in a bowl of Cheerios!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose. Exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately. AND follow at instagram.com/razcoaching for daily motivations

Your Career Blueprint

Your Career Blueprint

Your Career Blueprint Begins With Your Passion and Purpose

Passion and Purpose is The  Key To Building A Resume And Career Path

Live by your purpose and you will create an inner drive and passion to culminate  a life and career path uniquely yours….One that brings out the best version of yourself.

Over 50 percent of the current American workforce are unsatisfied with their current employment and career choice. Considering how many hours people spend at work, it would be a good idea to be among the other 50 percent who enjoy what they do for a living!

Choosing a career path that ignites your purpose and passion in life does not only lead to a higher level of success and satisfaction but fulfillment at work, research also suggests that it promotes long term happiness, and good health.

But for someone with ADHD this may be a daunting and  overwhelming task. 

Many find it easy to discover their mistakes and not their strengths, they may lack confidence in what they can and cannot do with all the struggles and challenges throughout their lives.   By breaking down the components that go into choosing a career and taking a deep look at how successes and personal struggles could serve as a tool for identifying some hidden talents, interests and skills, you can ignite your career path.

This is achievable when you follow a systematic approach to unearth your unique career that works just right for you.  Consider it a blueprint to your personal career path.

 Develop a blueprint that is authentically yours

A career blueprint  for your life will help to create a strong foundation and structure for career happiness.  You can compare it to building your dream house.  Would you build a house without a well thought out set of blueprints?   You might be able to pull it off but how stable would it be for future additions? You would want to put a lot of thought and time into making sure it was right for you. The structure of the house will determine how well you live your life and the problems you may encounter with it.  A well designed set of blueprints takes time, energy and passion.   It is key to apply this same process to finding a career meant just for you.

Without a career blueprint plan, it is difficult to think through possibilities of how your life experiences connect to your goals and how your career could adapt and grow with you over time.

Joe is a good example of someone who benefited from this process.  He was a college student who lacked a solid career plan.  He was taking classes to satisfy general requirements but did not know where to specialize his interests.  After going through this process, he found that his true passion and purpose was not in the engineering program he had originally thought was his path.   He has able to identify key elements that were important to him in a career and incorporated that into what he naturally was good at in college.  The great part was that it stayed within the engineering department, but shifted to a more environmental focus.  It took into account his desire for travel, continual learning and humanitarian efforts.  He was able to design a career blueprint to best set him up for success in this field with strategic action plans and milestones.

Some people may think it is too late in their career to start the blueprint. They may be burned out of their chosen career but feel they are too old and tired to recreate their life purpose.

It is never too late to start  creating a blueprint for your life!

And you don’t need to start from ground zero. Through this process, you can see connections that will propel you into your new career direction with your personal history, experiences and narrative.  Mary was able to rediscover her life’s passion and purpose by using this strategic process.

Mary was a marketing professional who loved her chosen career path.  She had felt  passion and purpose and never questioned her choices until she left the workforce for 20 years to raise her children.   Now an empty nester, she  was looking to redefine her life purpose and re-enter the workforce without spending years retraining to gain new skill sets.  She dug in deep to look at her blueprint she had created and found that her life experiences as a mom brought new skills, interests and passion.  She was able to find purpose and passion with her experiences that complimented her original career blueprint path where she was making over six figures. In fact, she ended up feeling MORE marketable as she made connections in her current life situation to her previous career experience that were very insightful.

The key to finding a career that gets your passion and purpose burning is to look at your life’s What, Why and How.

The What of the Blueprint

WHAT you want out of life such as  interests, values, and  personality factor into this equation.  You might even find that some of your desires were written by you at a young age. It may be a childhood dream that was imprinted into your mind when you did not have any distractions or life barriers creating doubts that could serve you in choosing the right career path.

Go through these questions and answer them.  Writing them down in a journal will help you see a pattern of your wants.

  •       What brings you joy?

    It is very important to take time in finding out who you are, ask yourself some important questions.  What makes me unique? There may be a special strength in your uniqueness. What are my values and beliefs? What are my fears?  Self-knowledge is a key step in designing a career path that works for you.

  •       What motivates and energizes you most?

    Another key factor in determining your career path in life is knowing what gets you motivated.  Anything that gets you motivated and keeps you energized is capable of sustaining you through the mundane or tough times in a career.

  •       What are you biggest interests?

    Knowing your interest is also very important while developing a career path. Your area of interest would be where your career is focused on. You might even find that some of your yearnings and fears were not written by you and don’t suit you now.

  •       Is there a major challenge you want to tackle in your life or career that is important to you?

    For instance, If you knew you only had one year to live, what would you want to do during this time?

 

You can start to identify a life pattern that will point you in the direction of a career blueprint meant just for you by answering these questions. This  will align with your plans and purpose in life as the foundation.

The Why of  your blueprint plan deepens your connection of what it is you want.   Taking a look at your unique WHY or Inner Narrative is a good place to start.  What is the voice inside your head telling you?

Why are you the way you are?

Desires, beliefs, values, and fears don’t materialize out of nowhere. Your values and personality are shaped during our lives in several ways.  They’re either developed over time by our internal consciousness or as observations made during our  life experiences. The key here is to identify the why and know yourself and how it factors into your career path.

Designing a career blueprint for you by taking proactive steps geared with this self-knowledge of who you are and what your wants are makes your career journey of planning and decision making solid and stream-lined.

The How to pull it together for your career blueprint plan

Now is the time to connect the dots and see the patterns emerge.  Identify career paths that fit into this using resources available to you.

Once you have a good understanding of your true authentic self of what you want and why you want it, create the career path.   Unpack the  box of expectations that you grew up with and make connections  between, values,  personality, strengths,  and start to identify paths that will relate to your personal dreams and goals.   Your career blueprint plan will start to take form and give you clarity and a vision that you can follow.

And for the skeptics

Yeah sure, things could change, and you may need to modify the plans over the years, but with a solid blueprint, the changes can be handled and accommodated and add value and character to your original plan as it did for Mary.

Your career path is a path that does not need to be a straight path.  This thought can leave people feeling panicked when they want to adapt or change their plan.  The career stakes become so high and feel unattainable which can leave people feeling stuck and confused.   It does not have to be this way.

Gone are the days of people choosing one career and never veering off from that path.

People are creating more of a portfolio of jobs that lead to a series of careers.  This can be exciting for someone that has a developed blueprint career path that takes into consideration all the elements to a passionate and purposeful career.  The path can have many elements to it that spur off the main course but contribute to the overall career goal.  Now more than ever a career path can have many twists and turns that lead to success, fulfillment and purpose.

Consider these point  in designing a career blueprint plan:

  •       Make meaningful connections in life experiences: self knowledge
  •       Investigate interests, skills, aptitudes, accomplishments, and challenges
  •       Identify patterns between, values, personality, strengths, and how it relates to career dreams and goals
  •       Build a vision board of what you want your career to look like
  •       Answer some self reflection questions: Is it truly your plan?
  •       Incorporate opportunities for growth and learning in your career

 

Take note of all the points listed above. Turn them into a manifesto.   When you feel overwhelmed and distracted from your purpose, go back to this statement as a guiding light in your career journey.

Build a career path that ignites your passion and purpose and never second guess your career choice.

This post is from the fall issue of Attention Magazine by Michelle Raz.

Your ADHD  Mind Needs This

Your ADHD  Mind, Body & Soul Needs You To Get Outside!

Spring is around the corner and is the perfect time for exploring the great outdoors; camping, swimming, running or any sport that gets you outside.   Make this season the most by using this opportune time to delve into activities that utilize excess energy so common with ADHD. It may just benefit your ability to focus as well. This is great advice for all and especially for people the ADHD mind.

Exercise has a positive effect on harnessing the ability to focus on things that may appear mundane to people with ADHD. Through diet and exercise, certain feel good hormones, endorphins, are released that may help someone with ADHD focus on the tasks they do not enjoy.  So, start enjoying this spring lots of outdoor or physical activities.

Exercise turns on the attention system, the so-called executive functions — sequencing, working memory, prioritizing, inhibiting, and sustaining attention,”….. “On a practical level, it causes one to be less impulsive, which makes them more primed to learn.

Finding the right routine may be the key to developing a long-term exercise commitment. List activities you feel may be something you could enjoy.  It is always helpful to see what activities would be a natural fit  by taking into account body size and type.  There are fun online quizzes to test your interests and body type in choosing a new activity such as doctoroz.com/quiz

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges  find careers they  love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  Exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately. AND follow at instagram.com/razcoaching for daily motivations.

 

ADHD Genetics: Passing it On

ADHD Genetics: Passing it On

Can ADHD Be In Our Genetics?

The real answer to “What’s going on?” …. “EVERYTHING!!!…. ALL THE TIME.  The Struggle Is Real” #ADHD

A client recently asked what causes ADHD.

Pointing the finger at bad behavior is common in households raising children.  It is often met with humor and fun as you poke at your partner.

“Oh…. he is JUST like his father!”

But, when you have ADHD challenges in your family, you or your spouse’s genetics can TRULY play a significant role in understanding what IS going on.

You think……Is ADHD my genetics?

  • Couldn’t be me or Could it?
  • Is it the fast-paced society of electronics and everything at our fingertips?
  • If I just gave her different food? Or No sugar. Would it help?
  • Is it my fault?
  • Did I create a demanding child that needs a lot of attention?
  • Does society or our environment influence it?
  • Is ADHD genetic?

My knowledge points to neurological and ADHD genetic explanations as the root of  symptoms.  They are subject to being worse with many external factors, including the quality of life we live.

ADHD is known to be genetic and passed down at a rate of over 70%.

ADHD is a brain disorder that is likely caused by various factors. Experts and research suspect genes to play a role.  Studies in dopamine – a chemical that is responsible for the ability of our brain to maintain and hold attention is linked to ADHD.  It is often referred to as a dopamine seeking brain. The attention-deficit person needs that stimulation to concentrate and focus at higher levels.

Researchers across the world are still working towards determining the genetic factors that make a person more likely to have ADHD.

However, there is still a lot of work to be done to truly understand it more. They are investigating different types of genes that can possibly play a role in developing this brain-related disorder, particularly the ones that are linked to this neurotransmitter dopamine. It has been seen that some of the variants affect communication between the brain cells. In contrast, the others influence certain cognitive functions in our body, such as learning, focusing and language.

Research is still needed to better understand the role of genetics in Attention Deficit Disorder

These pieces of evidence show ADHD is genetically linked and that it can possibly be passed from parents to children. This doesn’t mean all the adults dealing with ADHD will pass on this condition to their kids. It does seem to run in families though,  but not in all the cases. It is said that one-third of all adults who had ADHD in their youth days have passed it on to their children.

My client asked me if the way his son is being raised could be a factor in causing it.  ADHD is not caused because of the way kids are brought up or bad parenting; it is not due to video games or because your kid had too much sugar. In fact, small doses of sugar like in Gatorade can help a student while studying.  It is a dopamine seeking brain-related disorder that can affect anyone.  Although the environment can have a factor in how much it affects one’s life on a daily basis.

While parenting doesn’t play a role in causing it, parenting styles could make the symptoms worse. A predictable schedule with routines and habits will foster an environment to help manage the chaotic thoughts and impulses associated with ADHD.

So, when you are poking fun at your spouse for where your child’s wild behavior is coming fun, It just might have some genetic roots and validity to it.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

 

ADHD Life Coach Addiction & Recovery

ADHD Life Coach Addiction Recovery Helps Find Your Special

It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.  An ADHD life coach for addiction can help.

Addiction is a situation where both mind and body are suffering tremendously. So, it is  unrealistic to expect an addict to have the discipline and will to fight their drug addiction. They need external resources.

Addiction Life Coaching is a form of “Recovery Coaching”
  1. Support around recovery efforts
  2. Constant positive reinforcement
  3. Decision making guidance
  4. Life Style management

Studies show that recovery with the presence of a coach helps and a third person element that is neither too close to the addict nor a judgmental figure is best.   Coaches help  relearn and refocus the decision making impulses through structure and strategies.

People in recovery need  support from peers, family and society members  for remission.

A life coach helps bring all the pieces together with these benefits
  • Boosting inspiration to success
  • Managing day to day life stressors
  • Managing life style changes
  • Accountability to the recovery plan

A life coach sets the pattern for recovery and provides support along the way.

In this episode listen to Coach Raz get it all out there with an in depth talk and analysis.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they will love. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase  book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

For The Mind, Body & Soul: Get Outside!

For The Mind, Body & Soul: Get Outside!

Your ADHD  Mind, Body & Soul Needs You To Get Outside!

Spring is around the corner and is the perfect time for exploring the great outdoors; camping, swimming, running or any sport that gets you outside.   Make this season the most by using this opportune time to delve into activities that utilize excess energy so common with ADHD. It may just benefit your ability to focus as well. This is great advice for all and especially for people the ADHD mind.

Exercise has a positive effect on harnessing the ability to focus on things that may appear mundane to people with ADHD. Through diet and exercise, certain feel good hormones, endorphins, are released that may help someone with ADHD focus on the tasks they do not enjoy.  So, start enjoying this spring lots of outdoor or physical activities.

According to author, John Ratey in Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,
Exercise turns on the attention system, the so-called executive functions — sequencing, working memory, prioritizing, inhibiting, and sustaining attention,”….. “On a practical level, it causes one to be less impulsive, which makes them more primed to learn.

Finding the right routine may be the key to developing a long-term exercise commitment. List activities you feel may be something you could enjoy.  It is always helpful to see what activities would be a natural fit  by taking into account body size and type.  There are fun online quizzes to test your interests and body type in choosing a new activity such as doctoroz.com/quiz

Why is it so important to indulge in physical activity and not, say, play a video game? Physical movement is not an exact cure but, it has proved to be an appropriate intervention for ADHD symptoms. It can have a positive effect with ADHD medications.

The pharmaceutical industry recognizes the need for balance and has implemented a multi modal approach with programs that offer exercise routines and academic coaching along with their medication.  Prescription drug usage, to curb the symptoms of ADHD, has increased exponentially. The prescriptions have seen a rise from 34.8 to over 48.4 million. The multi modal approach looks holistically at the balance one’s their life with  strategies, medication, diet and exercise.

According to a research published in the “Journal of Attention Disorders”, just 26 minutes of regular daily physical exercise over a period of eight weeks, significantly alleviated ADHD symptoms in grade school kids.  I would say this is true for adults as well! Staying indoors and allowing technology and social networks to consume us are detrimental even without ADHD. The lack of exercise and physical excursion causes obesity, depression, laziness and a drop in focus for the general population and affects people will ADHD potentially more.

Even light physical activity recovers moods and improves cognitive functionality by actively releasing hormones like dopamine and serotonin; this is very similar to how stimulant medications. So in essence a few hours of “fun” can help with the symptoms of ADHD.

So, get out there and find something you like to do!

Make a list of activities in your area.  If running, walking, or doing pushups don’t interest you, it is okay. It’s about finding the right fit. Find that ONE physical activity that you enjoy, it does not matter if it is martial arts, a dance style or gymnastics. As long as you are getting the use of your muscles and releasing those endorphins, you will improve you sense of well-being. If you participate in activities that require teamwork and social interaction then you might just make these outings an easy way to make friends as well.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges and find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

 

Disability Accommodations On The Job

Disability Accommodations Employers Can Implement 
Promote Self Advocacy on the job

In this episode hear how you can ask for reasonable disability accommodations at your job.

Executive Function Challenges are associated with many disabilities.  ADHD is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is not asking too much for adjustments to support a worker’s needs reasonably.

Employers can encourage new mentored employees to identify would be a reasonable accommodation for them.

Many people are afraid to ask for a quiet workspace or help to break down large jobs into smaller chunks.  Most employers would be happy for such a simple accommodation!

Challenges Employers Face and  Disability Accommodations Employers Can Easily Act on

Create an open line of communication that is safe and free of judgment to promote mentored to feel comfortable asking for help and advice.  Discuss some common ways to manage problems employees may have, such as the ones below:

  • Asking for help
    We all need help from time to time, and it’s important not to be afraid to ask for it. Encourage the mentored if they have disruptive thoughts or behaviors to ask a counselor if they have any ideas they can try that could help them control them.
  • Stress Management on the job to reduce anxiety

    When they feel overwhelmed or frustrated, encourage them to seek advice right away.   Or try sharing ways to self-calm like breathing techniques.  The box breathing method of breathing in slowly for three counts, holding your breath for three counts and then releasing your breath for three counts for up to 10 minutes is a good one. This is a common technique to calm people down and gain focus.
  • Distraction tips
    Does your company have an area that people who need a quiet space can go to?   Encourage your mentored to use that space if he/she needs help focusing without distractions.  Headphones can be a significant noise canceler and provide a physical reminder of your concentration goal.  You could encourage them to bring in a fidget toy such as a fidget spinner or rubric’s cube.  It is proven that physical movement can help while trying to concentrate.  Doodle!  Writing notes and doodling while in a meeting can help you pay attention.
  • Mentoring for motivation tip

    Create a short goal and set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes. Commit to focus on 1 task and accept whatever you got accomplished. When the time is up, regroup and set another goal and reset the timer. Keep this up for as long as it takes to feel accomplished. I have seen clients who use this and after the first 10 minutes, they have enough motivation to keep going and often end up in a hyper-focus mode and really accomplish a lot!

You might just help more than the intern employee too. 

Since all employees can exhibit similar challenges experienced by someone with executive function challenges such as  ADHD at different times of their lives, these strategies can have a positive effect on all trained employees within the company.  By providing the structure and framework to handle executive function challenges for all, you will have a smoother running company with employees who have the knowledge and strategies to work through workplace challenges as they arise and feel connected to their workplace.

Work to train and retain your recruits!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges and find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

Personal Purpose In Your Life: Steps

Personal Purpose In Your Life: Steps

Personal Purpose

Andrew Carnegie talked about his purpose and goals he set in his life. “I am going to spend the first 40 years of my life creating a fortune and the second 40 years giving it all away.”  He developed the mindset to reach his goals with this statement.

Act without purpose, the lifestyle you are likely to create will be a wandering generality without achieving your true personal purpose in life.

When you live on purpose, you become passionate about being alive.

It starts with repeated thoughts of your dreams of who are and want to be that generate action. When these thoughts permeate your mind enough, they become programmed into your behavior.

To live with a personal purpose in life, begin by programming your unconscious mind.   A truly useful lifestyle focuses on the largest purpose you can realistically attain.

Have you defined your own personal purpose? If so, great!  Please share your story with me of how you did it through my many posts on Instagram @razcoaching.   If not, read on for some helpful steps.
Here are a few questions to get started towards defining your personal purpose in life. Take the time to write these down in a journal.
WHAT…..
  • motivates me in life?
  • wanted but never got in life?
  • energizes me?
  • Brings me the most joy?
  • Are my biggest interests?
  • Do you REALLY REALLY want in life?
Example answers could look like this:
My purpose is in life is to….
  •  serve the public
  • teach others
  • make enough money to retire at 40
  • help people find their passionate career
Having difficulty deciding what your life purpose is?  Think about answering these questions:
  1. If you have 6 months to live, what would you want to do?
  2. What would you do f you were not responsible for anyone but yourself?
  3. If you were to die today, what would you want your obituary to say?

 

I have been asked if I had found MY true personal purpose.   That is a fair question. I pondered this question as I created the curriculum for my mini career exploration course.   In this 4 course series, I exuberantly inspire other people to find their passion in life and work.

To answer the question, I had to pause and check-in with my inner voice.  The reaction is an affirmative and enthusiastic YES!

My journey in life has weaved a perfect pattern that I can confidently go in the direction of coaching others to chase their passion, interests and aspirations.  My own “can-do attitude” throughout my life has been an inspiration for many people.  This influences my coaching style.

I found myself in a position many times giving people advice and encouragement.  People did not see their own gifts, yet it appeared so evident to me.  Many struggled to understand the stepping-stones to their dreams when I saw several different ways they could achieve it.  It could be frustrating when others could not see the path to achieving their goals.

There was a time that I thought it best to keep my own thoughts and opinions to myself as I was fearful that I was coming across as a know it all or bossy friend.  As I look back, I am glad I did not give up on my personal purpose.

Through this journey, I found that my tendency to see the big picture and help people push through their obstacles just what coaching was about. When I realized that I did not OWN their failure or success but was a mere vehicle for their own self-discovery, my pathway to becoming a coach was set.

By learning how to ask the right questions, it inspired people to self-realize their strengths and potential.   It fueled them to seek their own path,  creating a passionate and authentic life.  This was when my belief patterns shifted from one of responsibility to one of enlightenment.

I often tell clients that I learn just as much from them as them from me.

Their stories and insights leave me in reflection after each session.  I have a custom of debriefing myself after each session to see what I take away from the session to add to my self-awareness and growth.  It is a profession that is constantly changing with new insights and techniques. I fully embrace my career path and walk away energized at the end of most sessions.  This is how I know that I have found my true authentic, passionate career and life purpose.

What can you envision for yourself?  What would leave you energized and fulfilled at the end of each day?

Be sure to complete the questions and answers to begin to see your own weave in life that points to your personal purpose.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges and find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.