Laura Simms is a career coach and an expert on meaningful work who challenges conventional wisdom by asking people to ditch their passions and start with purpose.
After struggling through her own career transition, Laura developed Your Career Homecoming, her signature career change process, to help people find careers that feel like home. This unorthodox curriculum sidesteps the familiar refrains to either “follow your passion” or “be practical” by emphasizing service, legacy, and each individual’s personal relationship to purpose.
Working with clients world-wide, Laura is proving that the purpose-driven approach leads to meaningful and profitable careers.
In this episode, Laura tells the story of her own career transition from being an actor to being a career coach, and she shares tons of practical tips for anyone else who is looking to make a change in their career.
We talk about rejection, about grieving the end of a career you thought you wanted, and about why she doesn't think that "follow your passion" is good career advice. We dig into the difference between passion and purpose, and how to sit down and begin to figure out what you might want to do next with your work.
This conversation was such a lovely mix of personal stories and actionable steps, and I hope you get as much out of it as I did!
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Books, Resources & People Mentioned
- Jenny Blake (season 1 guest)
- Playing Big, by Tara Mohr
- The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
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