I have been reading the book by Marcus Buckingham: The One Thing You Need To Know; and I was struck by the gist of one of it’s chapters; that in order to achieve sustained career success –
“Discover what you don’t like doing and stop doing it.”(p.217)
The question is: do I have a choice? Do I consider my personal interests and inherent passions; my vocation or what would fulfill me? Of course not! I look for something that would pay the bills, a workplace that would be close to home situated in a nice building, and a position that would entail work in a prestigious company or with a nice boss.
Most career men and women would probably laugh it off if I ask them to consider where their spirit and vocation lie and look for a job in this “happy” place. The absurdity may be due to seeming lack of practicality, or even lack of reality. Fortunately, or unfortunately, sustained success and peak performance is found in this “happy” place.
“Strengths are not only activities for which you have some natural talent; they are also activities that strengthen you. When using them, you feel powerful, authentic, confident, and, in the best sense, challenged. As such, they are self-reinforcing. Left to their own devices, they will, they must, be expressed.” (p.217)
When new to a job, individuals are leveraging their strengths and are energized by it, until their weaknesses manifest and are weakened by it!
“Your weaknesses are the activities that weaken you. Confusingly, you may experience some achievement when using them, but, in spite of this achievement, they leave you feeling depleted, drained, frustrated, or merely bored.” (p. 218)
The biggest challenge in your career is to find the right job or the even the right career itself. Would you be able to reach deep, listen to your heart, and be wise to discern the right one? When you discover it, would you have the confidence, the fortitude, and the patience to pursue it? Would you have the will to overcome barriers and face the challenge to pursue your dream? The ball is in your court.
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