My job has me feeling fulfilled every day. In fact, these days, it’s difficult to drag me away from ‘work’. To the point that it no longer feels like work anymore. It’s just what I love to do.
But it wasn’t always like this for me.
The satisfaction that I receive from work, is exactly why this business is so important to me. I know what it’s like to honestly care about what I do, to be passionate about it, to care about how my work impacts other people, and I also know what it’s like to work for a nice paycheck and fancy title, not caring about work but rather counting down the hours.
I know which one I prefer.
I’ve found that when what you do, you believe is worthwhile and is an expression of your true self, it ceases to be work and takes on a life of it’s own. The word ‘purpose’ is fluffy, but what I mean is that your work begins to actually matter. Weekends are no longer the only way to have fun.
Logically, we know that fulfillment doesn’t come from buying clothes, having lots of money, being validated, nor from chasing someone else’s dream.
So what does career fulfillment actually look like? I believe it has something to do with this:
In a nutshell:
- Without business savvy-ness in today’s day and age, you’ll get blown out of the water and eaten alive by others in the field who keep up with the times.
- Without passion, you may feel content, but you won’t feel satisfied. Regardless of which rung you get to on the corporate ladder.
- And without life skills, you’ll push up against the same things that have always stopped you. You’ll look outwards for answers, not understanding that progress and growth come from within. Without accountability, it’s difficult to move past the ‘annoying’ things in life. You give power to the outside world for controlling your situation. And really, that can become a case of learned helplessness.
So take a moment to consider which of these circles you’ve neglected. Ask yourself, what will you sacrifice if you continue on this track for the next year, and then 5 years?
And what would happen, if you did the opposite of neglecting this? Where could you be, then?