When billionaire Mike Bloomberg spoke to the recent graduates of Harvard Business School about their careers, he told them, “Make decisions based on the quality of the opportunity and where you’ll have the most fun and the most room for growth.” His message to them was rooted in understanding themselves. It’s a lot like the message Erika Boissiere wrote about in her April 22, 2019 Forbes magazine article, “When You’ve Made the Wrong Career Choice”. She says, “You can’t shelve unhappiness forever.”
Identifying the Career Conundrum:
Rarely does a week go by that I do not get a phone call, email, or run into someone who is experiencing disappointment in their career choice. They are in a Career Conundrum, with the nagging questions of:
- Do I stay or do I go?
- What else can I do?
- How do I know I won’t feel this same way 5 years from now?
So, is she right? Does unhappiness keep you awake at night, distract you while you work and drive, gnaw at your stomach, and diminish your performance? That feeling of being stuck is a miserable place to live.
People who love their work are highly motivated. But I believe that everyone has the potential to be highly motivated. Finding the “right fit” career is key. In fact motivation is one of the five key pillars of Emotional Intelligence and key to career success.
Counter the Career Conundrum:
Are you ready for a successful process? Contact me about taking The Highlands Ability Battery and creating a new path! Finding the “right fit” career is a process and requires an investment in self. Investing is the act of putting something in, like time, money, effort. We invest in our 401k and we expect an improved outcome. Why would anyone invest endless hours at a job that doesn’t feel right when there are so many other options?