I had a young man come in as a client who wants to find a “stable, secure and enjoyable” career path. He received a degree in marketing six years ago but has been frustrated in the jobs he has had. Employers seem to want clear results from his efforts and he resists being pushed so hard. He clearly stated that he wants a job with security, no stress, and at least $45K that he will find enjoyable.
Unfortunately, he has the process reversed. He is standing in front of the stove of life saying, “Give me heat and then I’ll put some wood in.” Life does not respond to that message with anything but disappointment. Security, great pay and no stress are the result of doing something you love – and doing it with excellence. They are not something we can approach directly. They are byproducts of living out your values and vision. Looking for a job that pays well is addressing the circumstance and is likely to be a band-aid solution to your unrest. Clear purpose and meaning lead to greater self-esteem, confidence, boldness, enthusiasm, security, contentment, and ultimately money. Lack of opportunity – and money – are often nothing more than lack of purpose or direction.
In the classic book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill defines the process he discovered for finding fulfilling work. One of the steps is “offer to go to work on probation.” What a radical idea; to go to work on a trial basis to see if your efforts are convincing. What a different approach to today’s young job-seeker who often looks for guaranteed pay, benefits, and security in advance.
Mr. Hill says, “The difference in income, in advancement, and in gaining recognition will save years of hard work at small pay. It has many advantages, the main one being that it will often save from one to five years of time in reaching a chosen goal.”
“Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Here’s the formula for finding work with security, great pay and no stress:
- Know your skills and talents
- Engage your passions
- Understand the economic model – how will your efforts generate income?
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