How many of us are going through the motion at work and find it terribly unfulfilling? Or do you find it hard to identify what you really want and reading recruitment ads doesn't shed light on your career path? I guess we have wrestled with this at different stages of our life and some of us are still trying to get the bearings right.
I believe there are 2 schools of thought when it comes to finding fulfillment at work: either you believe what you do represent you as a person or a job is just a source of income. The former seems to see things at a more complexed level. A high paying job or a look-upon role may earn the envy but may not speak to you on a deeper level. As we progress, we start to think about the things we do at work at a larger context. When the fulfillment at work is not answered by increments, promotions or the bonuses, it might be time to change a path.
But the question is which path to take?
I chanced upon this talk by Dick Bolles, author of What Colour Is Your Parachute, on YouTube. What he shared isn't rocket science, it is just the act of understanding yourself better. By doing so, you know what you can do and what will interest you greatly.
Before understanding your strengths, maybe it is a good exercise to understand your weaknesses. I believe assessing one's weaknesses is able to help you avoid struggles in life. We know how to work with our strengths and avoid things we are not able to do. But on the hindsight, going through struggles in life shape us greatly and convert our weaknesses into strengths overtime.
I guess life can be that complex sometimes.
Struggles in life should be seen as blessing in disguise.
Don't shun it.