a career worth having

August 8, 2013

Good morning! It is another beautiful morning, but the days are starting to shorten and they are a tad cooler here in NE Indiana. While I look forward to the fall, I am not so sure about what follows! I will be in Texas this weekend, so I will get a good dose of heat to reset me!

I was reading an article by Nathaniel Koloc on the Harvard Business Review site entitled “Build a Career Worth Having”. An intriguing title and definitely a goal of mine!

Mr. Koloc and his staff have talked to over 12,000 professionals and hundreds of hiring managers and he has come up with three basic insights as to how to build a career in today’s environment and it’s not the traditional approach.

“1. See your career as a series of stepping stones, not a linear trajectory.

  Let go of the idea that careers are linear. These days, they are much more like a field of stepping stones that extends in all directions. Each stone is a job or project that is available to you, and you can move in any direction that you like. The trick is simply to move to stones that take you closer and closer to what is meaningful to you. There is no single path — but rather, an infinite number of options that will lead to the sweet spot of fulfillment.

2. Seek legacy, mastery, and freedom — in that order

  • Legacy. A higher purpose, a mission, a cause. This means knowing that in some way — large or small — the world will be a better place after you’ve done your work.
  • Mastery. This refers to the art of getting better and better at skills and talents that you enjoy using, to the extent that they become intertwined with your identity. 
  • Freedom. The ability to choose who you work with, what projects you work on, where and when you work each day, and getting paid enough to responsibly support the lifestyle that you want

3. Treat your career like a grand experiment.

In my experience, people who are successful in finding — and maintaining — meaningful work approach their careers like a grand experiment.

I use the word ‘grand’ to describe this experiment because the reality is that your career is not just a way to earn a living. It’s your chance to discover what you’re here for and what you love. It’s your best shot at improving the world in a way that is important to you. It’s a sizeable component of your human experience, in a very real way. As such, it should be an adventure, with a healthy bit of magic and mystery along the way.”

Sounds like some good advice, especially the point that you are not, or at least should not, be working just to earn a living. Are you involved in making an impact on his broken world? Are you thinking Legacy? Do you see your life as your ministry?

I recommend you read the full article – I think you just might enjoy it.

Blessings on your day!

BG

One response to a career worth having

  1. 

    The points made here are definitely valid and realistic. My problem lies in my inability to let go of my upbringing, from parents who worked for the same company nearly their entire careers, and advancement meant promotion from within. Any attempts to deviate from this thought process for me were always met with “the look” (you know what that is!).
    So, as somebody that is finally catching on that in order for a career to be fulfilling, it should actually be a calling (legacy – also following God’s plan for my life instead of my own). I will tell you that I am not ready to “experiment” just yet, but hopefully I’m getting closer.
    Finally, as a manager of people, I hope I can take this information and encourage them to look at their work life a little differently as well.

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