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Ways to Get Unstuck and Discover Your New Direction

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Ways to Get Unstuck and Discover Your New Direction

The Goal Digger Podcast


5 min read
3 take-aways
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Learn to listen to your gut feelings – they’ll tell you when to make a career leap.

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How can you tell when it’s time for a job change and where to go next? In this episode of the Goal Digger podcast, host Jenna Kutcher and career coach Ashley Stahl discuss the role of intuition in career pivots. It’s a subject Stahl would know: She made the leap from counterterrorism professional to coach after discovering her dream job wasn’t so dreamy. Here, she maps a path to career fulfillment and offers tools for getting in touch with your authentic self. Kutcher and Stahl focus on staying true to yourself while starting a business, but their insights apply to anyone considering a change.


Career fulfillment comes when your work aligns with your authentic self.

Some people choose their careers based on what they enjoy consuming or learning about – fashion, food, politics – only to realize that the reality of that work doesn’t suit them. On the way to a fulfilling career, people progress through three main phases – you can think of them as “lily pads.”

On the first lily pad, you have secured an OK job that pays your bills, but it doesn’t make you come alive. You’re actively looking for a better role, but may not be sure what sort of move that would entail. Career coach Ashley Stahl put immense effort into landing a counterterrorism job at the Pentagon after grad school, but, once there, Stahl discovered the work didn’t jibe with her sensibilities. 

For Stahl, career coaching was her second lily pad. On the second lily pad, you have found a career that aligns not primarily with your interests, but with your gifts: the skills...

About the Podcast

Jenna Kutcher is an online marketing educator, photographer, author of How Are You, Really?: Living Your Truth One Answer at a Time and host of The Goal Digger podcast. Ashley Stahl is a career coach and the author of You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career.

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