April 17, 2015
We all know of at least one friend who quit their seemingly great job to do something else. We also have someone in our lives who went from a pretty terrible job to a great one. At a time when there’s a surfeit of opportunity for growing and learning, it’s no surprise that people everywhere are doing what they can to end up in a career where they can find a better sense of purpose. But how exactly do we find fulfilling work in our lives? According to a video created by The School of Life, this issue of finding work that is meaningful is something that has really become a part of our modern-day ethos, and there are ways for us to achieve it.
The School of Life was founded by writer and philosopher Alain de Botton, who is known prominently for educating people on how to apply philosophical principles and observations into our modern-day lives. And apropos of that philosophy background, The School of Life provides various content framing our modern-day issues (whether that personal or societal) within the context of relevant philosophical concepts. In the video “How to Find Fulfilling Work”, six ideas are laid out on how we can help ourselves find the right career.
1. Being Confused About Your Career is Okay
Before jumping off into our journey of finding fulfilling work, it’s important to recognize that being confused about our current career choice is something that is completely normal. Considering that there are hundreds of different career paths available to us as functional human beings, there’s a high probability of our having ended up in a career that’s not 100 percent fitted to our goals and beliefs.
2. Know Yourself
Easier said than done, I know, but in order for you to sort through the noise and find the most meaningful work for yourself, it’s important that you yourself have a good understanding about…well…you. Consider everything you’ve ever enjoyed doing or making and eventually some kind of an idea will appear. It’s important, though, to remove the notion of money outside of your considerations, as it may lead you to another career with which you’re still not 100 percent in agreement.
3. Invest a Lot of Time in Just Thinking
To find the most meaningful career means having to invest a lot of time in thinking – just…thinking. If you don’t like what you’re doing now, do you really want to rush into your next career without having fully considered every aspect of it?
4. Try Something
But it’s also not just a matter of merely sitting on your butt all day. If there a career path in which you can envision yourself, then take small steps to learn about or get experience in that career. Are there ways you can volunteer in that field or that company? Are internships or shadowing options open? Who can you talk to that can offer advice or share their knowledge? Can you take courses online or at a local college that are related to that field?
5. Consider: What Makes People Unhappy?
Think about the things that make people unhappy. Each of those things could be considered a business opportunity – a way for you to flex your talents…the activities for which you’re passionate about…and utilize them in ways to provide a service to others. There’s a limitless number of things for which people are unhappy, and it’s just a matter of time until you discover an opportunity that gives you meaning.
6. Be Confident
Put yourself out there and know that what you want to do is something that you can achieve. It’s the hardest step – and the one that makes you the most uncomfortable – but you can’t get yourself that meaningful job if you don’t actually try.
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