So many people have uttered the words, “I wish I could work in a job that’s truly right for me.” Yet, very few people really know what their ideal job actually is. How can someone get a better understanding of what career is right for them so they can close the gap between working a job and fulfilling a passion? So, what do I need? A crystal ball?
Potential and Passion
According to a recent article by Jordan Devos for Toptal.com, Maslow determined that the greatest human desire is to reach our personal potential. “What a man can be, he must be.” This typically happens through personal growth and learning new things.
In terms of the purpose of a project, personal potential is put into action when it aligns with a personal passion. Ikigai, a Japanese concept meaning “a reason for being,” states that passion consists of what you love and what you’re good at. Reaching your potential in an area that you enjoy can have a profound effect on you and your work. It can contribute to your personal happiness, inspire a team, or positively impact the lives of others. Whatever the contribution is, your passion and expertise have the opportunity to be at full capacity.
Finding Your Purpose
Most people can generally tell the difference between what makes them feel good and what does not. However, they don’t always understand why they feel that way.
Assessments are a great way to uncover insights and find out the how, the what and the why behind the things we do on a regular basis. Until we truly know ourselves, we may simply be repeating the cycle of working one unsatisfying job after another.
Simon Sinek states, “Once you understand your WHY, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and you’ll better understand what drives your behavior when you’re at your natural best.”
How do I Find My WHY?
Not with a crystal ball. Assessments help to uncover these answers – objectively. I like to use an assessment as the benchmark of your absolute True North. Using assessments effectively is a lot like putting together a puzzle. At first, you have a lot of pieces but you’re not quite sure what to do with them. As the puzzle starts to come together, it gets easier and easier to get to the finish line. Using multiple assessments together has the same effect. The more information you have about yourself, the easier it will be to find your purpose and either find a job that matches it or reshape your perspective in your current role.
If you’re one of my clients, you have likely already taken an assessment that uncovered your primary driving forces. If so, have you taken it to the next step by identifying specific values words that support your primary driving forces?
For those of you who haven’t yet used one of our assessments, please feel free to email me or DM me to request a complimentary report and debrief.