Your Career - How Fulfilled Are You?
I am just in the first chapters of Pamela Slim’s Escape from Cubicle Nation, a frank and interesting look at the trappings of living your career in an unfulfilling corporate job and finding your way to entrepreneurial freedom. At this point what is really being focused on is the importance of your happiness in what you do. Pamela describes how many job seekers or those interested in going it alone, feel guilty because they seemingly have the perfect job. They often feel selfish complaining or looking to leave when so many others don’t have jobs and would kill for yours.
This idea really hit home as I’ve talked with many clients that seem stumble over the reasons to leave their job. The old adage of, ”do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life” really is true. It means doing what you know is right for you regardless of what others think is the right for you. If the job isn’t right for you, than you shouldn’t be there.
If you are unhappy where you are, whether employed or unemployed, discover where you do belong by prioritizing your wants, strengths, passion and abilities. Fin out what your calling is and where you should be working to maximize your happiness and earn living doing it.
Do so by getting serious about finding out where you belong by asking yourself many questions, ask others what they see as your greatest strengths, take assessments, look through your past, your present, your hobbies, interests and comfort levels to understand where you belong.
This doesn’t mean quit your job today and expect to be doing what you love tomorrow. It means realizing what your dreams are and making a plan and choice to move toward that dream. Develop a plan, take courses in that field if you need additional training, work with mentors in that industry and prepare for the change. Just like the “big” TV switch on June 12, TV stations, stores selling converter boxes, customers, consumers all got the information, developed a plan, spread the word and made the switch seamlessly.
If you are unhappy but not sure why – take the time to find out and make the changes you need to be fulfilled in your career. You spend half your life devoted to your career – shouldn’t it be something you are passionate about and love?