A lifetime of satisfaction on the job isn’t just a preference – it’s a necessity. Without fulfillment at work, you simply won’t push yourself to excel. And even if your compensation is more than adequate, losing out on the personal satisfaction of excelling in your role isn’t worth it. You spend so much of your life at work. Why stick with a career that doesn’t engage you, grow you, and fulfill you?
Identifying Your Passion
Finding your passion has become cliché these days. But for good reason. In order to find fulfilment at work, you must first identify your passion. If you want to rise above the frenetic monotony of just going through the motions, find a career in what you love, what interests you, what makes you curious and engaged.
- First, slow down and reflect. Your ideal career path is out there. But most people don’t find it until they take time to think it through and really connect with their passion.
- Next, study yourself. Where do you usually wind up in the bookstore? What activities light up your brain with excitement? What activities positively bore you? Take notes.
- Then, go deeper. As you begin to identify what you enjoy and what drains you, explore these interests deeper. Do more of those activities that feed into your passion and less of those you hate. This will narrow down these categories.
- Next, reach out to others. As you begin to focus in on what may be your dream job, talk to others already in those roles. In finalizing what career path will contribute to your fulfillment at work, get a feel for how to excel in those specific roles.
- Finally, keep your options open. As you pursue a career in your passion and grow within that fulfilling role, you may find another role is similar but even more fulfilling. Stay flexible. The journey isn’t over until it’s over.
Finding The Fulfilling Job
Knowing your passion is a critical foundation. But also important is knowing what to look for in a position. Not every opening in your target industry or function is necessarily a good one. Here’s what to look for when considering jobs that will provide fulfillment at work.
Good Pay Let’s not pretend compensation isn’t a critical factor in fulfillment. Of course, it’s not the only factor, but it is very important. Fulfilling roles will more than cover your basic living expenses. They’ll also afford you opportunities to chase other passions and interests in life.
What sort of curiosities will this role satisfy? Will your work be interesting to you? A fulfilling job is one that involves responsibilities you find inherently fascinating and enjoyable. Conversely, boredom will sap your growth and engagement.
The right workplace culture is critical. Are your co-workers respectful? Do you have mutual interests and compatible personalities? Finding fulfillment at work often hinges on how well you fit into a team. When you are able to contribute and be respected and rewarded for your unique contributions, you will find fulfillment much easier to attain.
We need challenges. We are hardwired to look for the next mountain to conquer. Find a job that has clear advancement opportunities to remain engaged and fulfilled at work.
How to Be Fulfilled in Any Job
Maybe you’re not looking for a new career. Maybe you’re already at a great job and just want to find a better work-life balance or to infuse passion into what you already do. No matter what your current situation, here are the essential components necessary for fulfillment at work.
- Define your personal mission to live by each day.
- Work towards achieving goals to consistently achieve fulfillment in any position.
- Invest in your professional development long term.
- Maintain an attitude of gratitude to make each day a bit brighter.
- Enjoy your job more by investing emotional energy and initiative into everything you do.
- Never stop learning.
- Create positive relationships by genuinely listening to and helping others around you.
Whatever your career choice or current job, you can find fulfillment at work. Don’t settle for the mundane 9-5. You know you weren’t meant to just collect a paycheck. Take the time to identify just what it is you were born to do, find the right career path to do it, and then proactively create a fulfilling set of conditions around you. You’re investing, not only in a career, but in yourself.