Before my 30s, I didn’t know that you could literally fall in love with your job and your career. But then I helped launch Gilt, which perfectly combined my passion for luxury goods and sales (when you’re an entrepreneur, you’re selling people on your mission and a vision that doesn’t exist).
There’s no one easy way to find your passion, but I recommend putting yourself in different work environments and situations—ideally as many as possible—so you can see what you love doing and, just as important, what you don’t.
The more different roles you try and have exposure to, the more quickly you’ll find your sweet spot. That’s why opportunities like internships are so valuable. In a short period of time, you can really get a sense for an office environment and the company culture. You can really find your recipe for success.
Another way to get some good perspective on your strengths is to ask someone you trust where they see you adding value to the company and to get their feedback. They might help you tune into a skill you never even knew you had.
I didn’t really consider my selling abilities an asset until I started working at Louis Vuitton and I realized I could sell almost anything to almost anyone.
That really came in handy when we were launching Glamsquad, an app that lets users order services like manicures and blowouts that come to them. We needed to sell this idea not only to investors, but also to beauty professionals and to potential clients.
Finding your passion isn’t easy, but once you do, work becomes so exhilarating and adrenaline-inducing that you become genuinely excited to go to work every day. When that alarm clock rings, you’ll be so happy to get up.
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is the co-founder of Glamsquad.