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?