I didn’t want a Mac computer. I knew Windows very well and have owned numerous computers, all with Windows. I was buying a new one every few years. Not so much because the technology need, but of necessity as my computers would get so clunky with spyware and viruses. Last September, I found myself shopping again. I decided to reflect on WHY I wanted a new computer before I decided on WHAT I would buy. Instead of trying to get the most features for the least amount of money, I decided to start with the reason I hated the computer I was getting rid of. It took approximately 11 minutes to start it up, and needed several re-boots per day. That’s it. I wanted something that simply worked. I wanted the increased productivity and ease of use I dreamed a new computer would deliver. Mac, not necessarily known as the most powerful computers (I don’t care), was known for simplicity. A coworker showed me that his Mac Air rebooted in approximately 1 second. My “Why” sold me because Mac’s features (at least one of them) aligned with it. I am much happier with the my Mac.
Understanding why we enjoy certain things can open us up to much more fulfillment.
Never is this more important than where we spend our careers. Many employers assume we are motivated only by money and maybe promotability (because of money). They miss out on so much. Author, Ken Coleman talks about our “sweet spot”. That spot where our passions and our skills intersect is where we are most valuable. Imagine going to work doing work you love and excel.
The problem is too many people are oblivious to their own passions.
They know some of what they are good at, but don’t know their passions. Expecting the company to provide a road map of career development leaves employees feeling empty, regretful and underutilized. What will you do if you get promoted to the next “step” and you hate it. Or SUCK at it. There are other roads to success, but you have to look in the mirror first.
Ask yourself Why? Why do you do what you do? Beyond the common need to bring home the bacon, you have a purpose. Whether you can or can’t articulate it, something drives you. I write this blog to get better at helping with “tools” for people to get better at finding and achieving purpose in life, thus leading a more fulfilled life. This applies to my day job as well. I have to remind myself that “followers”, “likes”, and “re posts”, are not my goal. Knowing this allows me to continue with my work and not sweat things that don’t matter to me. I recently wrote on what happens when we forget the “why” . Our why is what makes us valuable and keeps us going when we feel tired and beaten. Be intentional and reflect on why you are doing what you are doing. Be honest and make sure it aligns with your morals and your over goals for your life.
What are you going to do TODAY to discover your sweet spot?
Rocco De Leo