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Your Reason For Being Equals Career Success

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A client of mine took a chance a while back to recruit someone who we classified as a ‘rough diamond’.

He isn’t well educated, comes from a troubled and poor background and before he joined my client had a mixed history of jobs. But, the behavioural tools I use suggested he had potential. He interviewed quite well and, given his family responsibilities, agreed he needed to ‘put foot’ in his career.

So we agreed to hire him and after 2 years of coaching, support, training and mentoring, he failed.

I don’t think he knows what he wants. Herein lies his problem and it’s not restricted to job seekers.

If you don’t know what you want, you’re unlikely to find it.

This is a common problem: we get our first jobs, we move for more money or a better boss, we move again. If we’re lucky, the moves kind of add up to a career path and somewhere in our thirties, it settles into an industry, a career ladder and a more or less successful career.

But for many people (unemployed or not), they’re never satisfied and they never introspect. They never look at their careers to date and they certainly don’t look further than a few months into the future.

We spend more time looking for a car, a holiday or a house than we do in our careers which keep most of us occupied for more or less 50% of our total daytime on earth!

Shouldn’t we spend a little more time asking ourselves crucial questions? In this respect, I like Ikigai1, a Japanese concept meaning a “reason for being”.

It asks 4 questions:

  1. What do you love doing?
  2. What are good at doing?
  3. What will make enough money for you and
  4. What does the world need? (Ed – fewer politicians)

Ikigai is the intersection of these four questions. We do well to answer them as we plan our lives and careers.