The Key to Finding Fulfillment

The Key to Finding Fulfillment

The Key to Finding Fulfillment, by Tom McDermott

Do you know what makes you unique?

Let me ask you a question: How do so many smart, ambitious, bright people end up in jobs feeling underutilized, unhappy and unfulfilled? To really answer this complicated question, let’s start at the beginning. How did you select your job or career?  Was it based on your college degree, or did you jump into a job after high school, hoping you’d figure it out from there?  Did your parents influence your career choice?  Did you go into your family business because they wanted you to?  Did you look at the list of “Hot Jobs” to see where the jobs were going to be?  Did you select a job/career mainly for the money?

Here are at the facts:

  • 66% of college graduates from the college classes of 2006-2011 said they would do something differently if they could do it all over again*.
  • 60% of Americans would choose a different career if they had the chance to do it over again**.
  • 65% of the U.S. and Canadian workforce are either somewhat or totally unsatisfied with their jobs, and only 19% said they were even “satisfied” with their jobs***.

If 2/3 of the population is unsatisfied with their jobs and would choose a different career, and only 19% of people are only “satisfied” with their job, how many people truly love their job?  Maybe 5%? The story the numbers are telling us that there are far too many people in the wrong career. But people are not the problem. It’s the current models, methods and beliefs about finding a career – finding the right career—that are severely flawed.

What’s the best way to find the right career? 

That’s the start of the problem, but not the first question to ask.   Instead of asking what you “could do,” ask yourself: “what could I do better than anything—and anyone — else?  What position am I ideally suited for?  What role could I kick butt in?

 So the better question is:

What’s the best way to find the right role – the best position? It starts by knowing the answers to these questions – it starts by knowing yourself a whole lot better:

  • Do you know what makes you unique?
  • Do you know what unique value you can provide to a company and to the world?

Do you know how to discover it?

 

 

*New York Times

**Yahoo! Finance

***Forbes

11 comments
Harry
Harry

Hi Tom,

I have been following ignite since I read about it in an article on CNN Money. I immediately signed up after the article because I, like many out there, are looking for my purpose, trying to figure out what I am truly passionate about, and how to dedicate my life to that. I went through the beta today, and it was very informative, helped me learn about my strengths and even some things I would like to improve about myself. However, I found myself at the end without the answer I was looking for.

I am very unhappy in my current job, and am doing something I have no interest in for a company I do not want to be a part of. I am fearful that I will end up stuck in this job that I truly feel miserable in, and unfulfilled. I joined ignite because I felt that it would help me discover my true purpose; where and what to put my strengths into. I will continue to follow ignite as it grows and hopefully I will discover what I truly want to do.

Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott moderator

@Harry My apologies for just reaching out - we were heads down getting the site ready for our launch yesterday!  Also, my apologies for the mixup on the beta.  The beta was NOT intended to help you - it was intended to help us!  Meaning, it was for "testing" the site to make sure everything worked.  Please send me an directly and we'll chat.  tomm@ignite.com

CCTT1998
CCTT1998

Your premise and pitch reeled me in -- yet I cannot figure out the what next?  I work in Talent and Culture from a Human Resources end and want to see the demo or the product.  What is status update?

Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott moderator

@CCTT1998 Our apologies!  We're launching our beta this week and the live site in a few weeks!  Please stay tuned!  If you'd like specific information, please email me directly.  tomm@ignite.com 


mcin777
mcin777

Hmm, a lot of questions are being asked in the various articles that I have purused through.  Where are the answers or directions to the answers?


Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott moderator

@mcin777Thank you for the interest.  Our apologies for the delay and the confusion.  Our online solution will be launching very very soon, and you will have the answers.  In the meantime, I am happy to answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact me directly.  Again, my apologies for the delay.  Tom tomm@ignite.com

me_Max
me_Max

Great questions for all of us to be asking! For me what I feel makes me most unique is my ability to be my self - what could be more unique than being authentic to who we are. As for the value I am able to provide, I believe we all have many gifts though one I'm most passionate about is bringing people together to express themselves & inspire them to be more of who they authentically are!

Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott moderator

 @me_Max Thanks for sharing Max!  It's obvious that you're passionate about bringing people together Max, but share with us what that looks like?  How are you doing that today?  And what natural talent do you wield to make it happen?

Max Mendoza
Max Mendoza like.author.displayName 1 Like

Again, great questions @Tom McDermott! First of all, how this looks like to me is seeing people unified - though ultimately it's for them to sense that they are unified & greater as a whole. What I mean by this vision is for people to not feel alone & to realize they are never along. This is something I'm even realizing to be true more & more my self; in different forms Now, I am currently co-creating this unity in the communities I am a part of like @ProjectU. I do this by simply creating safe spaces that enable people to be willing to connect with others at a deeper level. From this the result naturally comes - though I have discovered some ways to guide this - for people to experience the value of being a part of a greater whole. The natural talents I wield that serve me to make this possible includes my ability to quickly gain people's trust & empower them to gain more trust themselves. I believe this largely comes from the authenticity I bring to each present moment that allows others to build confidence around me, among a few other talents.

Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Max Mendoza  @Tom That's a great explanation Max - thanks for sharing.  Looking forward to hearing your continued success!  I am confident that you are going to help many others learn how to Live Life to the Max!