life path workEveryone has a life path number – your numerological signature – a unique vibration that carries with it the essence of your expression in the world.

And, if you are fortunate, that expression aligns with your chosen career in a way that brings fulfillment, abundance and joy.

But, what if your current job or career doesn’t’ seem to fit?

Maybe you’ve had your numerology done and everything says you are supposed to be an entrepreneur but here you are in middle management in a large corporation perhaps frustrated by the extent of your ability to make the changes you feel are needed.

Or maybe you’ve had the exact opposite experience, everything says you have the life path of an entrepreneur but you haven’t been able to get your business off the ground and into the black.

Is it the job that doesn’t fit or is it YOU that doesn’t fit the job?

The ability to mesh the ideal with the real is one of the keys to success in life and in work so here are some ways by life path numbers to find your unique expression regardless of the job you currently hold.

Note: We’re only going to cover the first three life paths in this BLOG piece – the remaining to come in my next two posts so hang on if I don’t cover your number here!

Whoops – let’s take a step back!

Take a moment now to calculate your life path number if you don’t know it off the top of your head. You do that by going to this page right here >>

To sum it up, you simply add up all the digits of your birth date (Day + Month + Year) and continue to simplify until you only get one number. Ex. February 9, 1986 = 2 + 9 + 1+ 9+ 8+ 6 = 35. 3 + 5=8


Got your number?

Off we go!

(This particular post is only for Life Paths 1, 2, and 3. If you’re a 4, 5 or 6, head here and if you’re a 7, 8, or 9, head here.)

1Life Path 1

Most would say you are a born entrepreneur, leader and self-starter. I liken it to being an ARIES as a zodiac sign. The focus is on the self and a strong need for leadership (the need to actively direct one’s destiny). And, like ARIES, ones are often warriors and found in fields such as the military, criminal law field (i.e., police, district attorneys) where that warrior and leader energies can come together. Ones often plow new fields of action and can motivate others and do often have their own businesses. If I could hear a 1 talk he might say, ‘If you want something done right, do it yourself.’

Ones are nothing if not self-confident and as leaders usually have strict ideas of a job well done. So, here you are a life path 1 and you are not in any of the careers I just mentioned.

Does it matter? It might not.

The important element for a life path 1 is to be able to express that leadership energy so if you are within a corporation you can be the ‘entrepreneur’ from within leading and guiding others and becoming known for innovative ideas.

So look for ways within whatever job you find yourself to express that part of you that is a natural leader. Step up and offer your leadership in whatever way you can. Carve out a part of your work world that is your dominion and do it with the excellence you demand.

If you can do that then you are aligned with your life path and also in service to others.

2 life pathLife Path 2

Ahhh, the relationship number! You are the balancer of energies – tactful and gentle in negotiations with others. But don’t mistake a two for being weak! Definitely not! Twos have a quiet confidence and sense of justice and the courage to go with that. Think LIBRA, to keep our astrology comparison going.

That need to bring harmony, balance, fairness and justice is all part of the life path. And that is why many twos will end up in the caring professions – nurses, therapists, doctors, or energy healers. Twos also, like LIBRAS, have a love of beauty and a polished aesthetic so you might also find twos in interior design, bringing a client’s vision to life.

Twos rarely like to work alone – relationships feed the soul of the two and twos are often in professions with a lot of customer contact precisely because of their skill in relationship.

So here you are a life path 2 and not doing any of the things I just mentioned.

Again, does it matter? It might not.

The important element for a life path 2 is to express that aspect of relationship. So even if you work as an administrative professional in a big office you will stand out by your ability to relate more than for your typing skills.

Find a way, whatever job you are in, to volunteer as a team member on projects. Help organize the office holiday party and food drive. If you can, bring some beauty into the space – when YOU do it everyone benefits.

If you are a life path 2 and have ideas for your own business you would do best in a compatible partnership. You thrive when you have someone to collaborate with and so does the other person.

So look for ways to express your relationship and aesthetic skills in ways large and small. And because you are a relationship guru, you, of all the life paths, can truly be the social one outside of work.

And in your off time, perhaps volunteer for a non-profit and add your energy to ones already of service in the world.

3 life pathLife Path 3

This is my life path – the life path of the true creative. Just going by my own experience it is the life path of starting lots of creative projects and jumping from idea to idea like an energizer bunny on steroids. Exciting but not always easy to corral for focused work. LOL

In my case since I am an ARIES with a CAPRICORN moon and CAPRICORN rising I have some strong business sense to help reign in my creative brain. Thank goodness! You might think LEO when you think creative (the most creative zodiac sign) as the comparable energy.

Many with a life path 3 are often artists of some sort – literally or figuratively. So you might find painters, sculptors, designers, writers, actors and the like demonstrating a life of creative expression. I know only too well that the biggest issue for threes is finding themselves bound to a routine, especially one not of their own making so the creative arts allows for a freedom of expression most jobs might not.

So here you are a life path 3 and not in a job that is creative in the slightest?

Does it matter? It might not.

One of the most creative people I ever met in my life was an accountant with a life path 3.

Yes, that’s right – I said accountant.

He was a really good accountant – great with numbers but that wasn’t the interesting part. He was also always coming up with really innovative ways to improve the business. In fact he couldn’t stop coming up with really effective ideas that made the business more and more successful.

He was expressing his creative 3 in a way that combined his love of numbers with his desire to contribute in new and innovative ways. And it worked for him.

So, whatever field you find yourself in, find a way to bring your creativity to the fore. Many people were raised to think of creativity and creative expression as reserved for hobbies but not the stuff you could make a real living at.

Well change that script in your head! If you are in construction build the best and most creatively efficient homes you can. If you work in an office put those ideas that keep popping into your head on how the office could run better to work!

Align yourself with your natural life path energy and you’ll make the world brighter for everyone around you.

Remember – The ability to mesh the ideal with the real is one of the keys to success in life and in work.

So if your life path is 1, 2 or 3 see how you can mesh your natural vibration with whatever job or career you currently have.

Again, if you’re a 4, 5 or 6, head here and if you’re a 7, 8, or 9, head here.

About Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor PhD is a metaphysical teacher, best-selling author, speaker and intuitive coach who loves helping people harness the power of the mind and heart to co-create miracles in all areas of life. She has been quoted in the Huffington Post as a dream interpretation expert and featured as a work-life balance expert in various publications. Connect with Cathleen at and grab your free e-book: The Secret to Saying ‘No.’



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