One of the things that I’m immensely passionate about is career coaching – I’ve been doing this for years and have been using tools like Team Science™ to help others navigate the murky waters of one’s personality and the “right” job fit. It’s an incredibly satisfying role that I play and the results can be incredible.
What’s discouraging and unfortunate is that most people never take the time to invest in their own “knowing” of themselves – they spend more time working on their skill sets or with their tools so as to boost their own marketability in the demanding and competitive landscape of the job market. There’s nothing wrong with becoming the best at Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, or MySQL database management unless those things really aren’t what you’re better and more naturally equipped to do.
Here’s a fact: Most people are fully capable to be functional and even proficient at many tools and pieces of equipment, both software, hardware, and a mix of those things in-between. Why, then, are so many of these people unsatisfied with their current role, responsibility, and overall job? Why aren’t more people enjoying their work, their environment, and their teams and organizations?
It’s because many of aren’t doing what we do best. More than that, it’s that we’re not operating out of our strengths most of the time in the right environment and with the right teams.
In many cases it’s simply because the individual is in the wrong job, with the wrong role and with the wrong responsibilities. Although it’s easy to blame the employer and the business it’s generally not 100% their fault – if we’re honest with ourselves it’s because we said “Yes” to a job offer when we really should have said “No.”
How does one make sure that you can say “Yes” to the right jobs and not even have to waste your time ever with saying “No” to the wrong ones (because you aren’t entertaining those at all)? It’s knowing yourself better. By making an investment in yourself for the sake of your own future and career.
And your current and future employer will thank you for it because they aren’t interested in filling seats – their interested in finding passionate people who will do great work and who will, as a natural by-product, find satisfaction and fulfillment.
The first time you receive career counseling (maybe mentoring?), career coaching, or work through a process of personal optimization it changes your life – my personal goal is to help more people experience that the first time, get that taste for a more satisfying future, and find the jobs and the organizations that will help them succeed.