Do you wake up each morning wishing you didn’t have to go to work?
Do you count the hours until your first coffee break?
Do you get home after work feeling exhausted, dissatisfied, and unfulfilled by the work that you do?
You Are Not Alone.
According to the most recent Gallup study about employee satisfaction released on 10/9/13, from 230,000 full-time and part-time workers in 142 countries, only 13% of workers feel engaged by their jobs. That means they feel a sense of passion for their work, a deep connection to their employee and they spend their days driving innovation and moving their company forward.
Only 13%? Something’s wrong here. Everyone deserves to do the things they are passionate about and wake up each day with the drive and fulfillment that comes from doing work that matters.
Mindvalley, a company that specializes in self-help and personal development products, after doing a survey to 20,000+ people, it revealed that the biggest gap in education is: Education on Happiness and Positive Living. Really? If we are not learning to live happy, positive, and fulfilled lives, then what the hell are we teaching our generation?
What’s going on with the world?
Recession, demographic changes, global competition, environmental issues, wars, and so forth. These are all external factors that are driving fast massive changes that we cannot control. These changes are happening so fast that people are struggling to adapt, hence creating dissatisfaction and unfulfillment in many people’s lives.
How do we live happy, positive, and fulfilled lives with this kind of environment?
It’s simple, we must adapt and change to fit the changing environment. There’s no other way. We either adapt or get left behind.
A lot of people start companies or get a job based on the needs of the market because that’s where the money is. Some people even get any job just to pay the bills. But as the statistics show, even if people are successful at their jobs or running a company, if what they do is not aligned with who they are or where they want to be at, they will feel unfulfilled. The most important change you can do in your life is to align your skills, knowledge, and desires to where you want to be at. Once you know where you want to be at, then you will know what direction to take your life and most likely, will do fulfilling work.
How do you make sure to stay relevant in this changing dynamic environment and do work that is fulfilling?
You need to constantly evaluate your own personal business model, just like thriving companies do. A business model is nothing more than the way a company or an individual provide financial sustainability and stay relevant.
When evaluating your own personal business model, these are the most important questions you can ask yourself:
What is the purpose?
This is probably the most important question you can ask yourself in anything you do. What is the “why” behind what you are doing.
Your purpose has to be aligned with your skills, abilities, interests, and personality. Once your why is aligned to all these, that’s where you will find the sweet spot.
I found my purpose by accident while traveling abroad with a group of like-minded people from Under30Experiences. During this trip I realized I wanted to provide awesome travel experiences to young people and collect experiences in awesome places with awesome people.
If you feel you haven’t found your purpose yet, don’t rush it. It will come when you least expect it, but don’t settle for anything less and listen to your gut, somehow it already knows who you want to become.
Who is in my corner? Who would I like to have in my corner?
Jim Rohn said: “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”.
Are your friends, family, significant others, clients, and any other person you come in contact with adding value or dragging you down?
Make a list of those people in your life that you want to keep by your side, those who you need to let go, and people who you would like to have on your side but haven’t reached out yet.
Once you have your list, send a thank you note to those you want to keep by your side, let go of those who are dragging you down, and reach out to those that you don’t have any relationship with, but you know they would be a great addition to your team.
What key activities help you solve a problem or satisfy a need from your customer segment?
Do you make things? sell things or services? do you have more of a supportive role? Keep in mind that with any activity you perform, your ultimate goal is to produce a specific result like: reduce risk, lower cost, increase convenience or usability, improve performance, satisfy emotional needs, etc.
Are the revenue and benefits you receive higher than the costs associated with you work?
There’s has to be a balance between benefits and costs associated with the work you do, otherwise you will find yourself drained, stressed, and unfulfilled.
Common costs associated with work are:
Family time, personal time, energy, low recognition or social contribution, lack of personal and professional growth contributions, commuting, travel expenses, stress, dissatisfaction, etc.
Common work benefits are:
Money, recognition, social contribution, flexible hours, fulfillment, enjoyment, etc.
These questions are meant to be asked on a regular basis and they serve as a tool to guide you towards pivoting and making changes to do work that is fulfilling. The only constant is change and if we don’t learn to adapt and change on a regular basis, we will get left behind feeling unfulfilled and obsolete.