I think it’s time to rethink your career if…
- You hate your job and/or the industry you’re in
- You’re good at what you do, but you don’t really like what you do
- You don’t feel like you’re great at what you do
- You don’t get compliments all the time about the work you do
- You don’t jump out of bed and look forward to going into work
- You don’t feel like you’re being compensated for the value you provide
I’m not even talking about “following your passion” here; I’m simply talking about being great at what you do, enjoying it as a result, regularly being recognized and appreciated for the work you do, and truly being valued for who you are and the work you provide as a result.
If you’re not, then its definitely time to rethink your career.
Now the question is; where do you start?
There’s lots of great advice out there, and there are a number of factors everyone should consider when looking for a great career. However, here’s what I believe are some important questions to ask yourself:
What am I most naturally talented at, and what would I most love to put my talent to work on?
Here’s what I mean and why it matters.
First, talent matters! The fact is; the greater your talent, the greater your performance. And, all organizations compensate their employees based on their performance. While great, good, poor performance is certainly defined differently from position to position, and from organization to organization, it doesn’t change the simple fact that organizations and their supervisors most recognize, appreciate and consequently compensate, the people that bring the greatest performance and value to the organization. Period.
Therefore, the more talent you have, the better you will perform, and the more you will be appreciated, recognized and compensated by your organization and the customers you serve.
Additionally, what we’re “best” at, we usually enjoy doing the most. We get “in the zone” or in “flow” when we’re doing what we do best, and time seems to fly by when we’re doing something great and that we enjoy.
To be clear, I’m not talking about “learning a new skill” – I’m talking about something you already naturally do, that you do as easily as breathing, where you don’t even have to think about it, and it just comes naturally. That’s when you’re at your best!
Therefore, I would urge you to figure out what you’re naturally most talented at. Everyone has a natural talent that is stronger than any other. You may not know what yours is yet, or how you could us it in a career, but I guarantee you that you do have one, and it’s absolutely what you should most rely in your and career.
Stay tuned for the follow-up article to what you’ve just read which will contain some great examples on how to apply the instruction I’ve provided. The article will post Monday morning.