I know love is a strong word, but I use it a lot when I talk about my career. Often a client will ask me, “Can I really love my career?” Loving your career does not mean looking for perfection and 100% happiness all the time. Loving your career is finding an occupation that uses your strengths, interests, and values. It must have the right amount of innovation for you. It is truly worth having a career with a great fit.
You have more energy to put into other areas of your life!
I was very fortunate to have parents who loved their careers. My mom was a first-grade teacher, never burned out and enjoyed it, till the day she retired. My dad, president of Steinway Moving & Storage, found his true passion in his career, as he was not only an expert in the moving industry but also a natural leader. They both were able to use their strengths and interests. Their careers were aligned with their values.
Having a great career fit gives you more confidence, leading to greater success!
A recent client of mine expressed the new confidence she feels in her new position. She went from managing people and putting out fires every day to a strategic development position where she gets to focus on using her strengths and making a daily impact for a school she believes in. She is a great example of how, by having a career you love, you can live your brand and amplify what makes you unique.
You become more motivated and recharged!
Doing work you do not enjoy, on the other hand, often leads to burnout. You continue to do the job, but eventually the burnout symptoms begin. Going to work becomes a daily chore, rather than a day you are excited about. Recent studies show that individuals who enjoy their careers are less stressed and tend to enjoy the rest of their lives too. For some, practical concerns overshadow the search for a great career fit. It is important to think about money and opportunities when planning your career, but don’t forget to ask yourself 3 key questions:
- Am I using my strengths, values, and interests?
- Am I at my best or just passing days waiting for retirement?
- Am I motivated and feel energized most days or do I feel burned out?
If your career is not fulfilling these needs, finding a bridge may be the answer. Bridges can be people, projects, volunteer activities, or even training classes. Bridges are vital to career happiness and recharge.
Steve Wozniak, also known as “Woz” and the co-founder of Apple Computer with Steve Jobs, spoke to students at Columbia University in 2006 and his central theme was this: Know what you love to do and make that passion your work. He also said, “Life is about how many times you laugh versus how many times you frown.” Wozniak always wanted to someday teach children. After all his success with Apple, he made this happen by teaching computer skills to students. I have seen many clients retire and then, in the next chapter of their lives, do part-time work in a passion or field that they loved. Sometimes our bridges to our passion come later in life.
Not everyone can fully love their career, but we all need to recharge as much as we can. We can all have a life that matters. For many people, bridges do just that.
Are you ready to find a bridge? The resources on my website can help. If you haven’t already, sign up for my ezine, “Spark Success” and receive a free, valuable resource; my new PDF eBook and Worksheet, Boost Your Career: 7 Strategies.
Your future happiness and energy will thank you!
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