A staggering 80% of the people in the U.S. say they don't like the kind of work they do each day! Only 20% of the people Gallup polled could give a strong "yes" in their response.
I tell my students that when they are finished with their schooling, whether it be high school, college, or advanced degrees, they will likely need to work for 40 to 50 years before they retire. This means that from age 22 to 72, we will spend the vast majority of our waking hours during the week doing something we consider a career, occupation, vocation, or job.
Recently, I was asked by a person I had never met, "Hey Michael, what kind of work do you do?" I told them that for 37 years, I've been investing in the lives of young people and that I'm currently a middle school instructor." This person's response: "Wow! I can tell you have been doing work that is fulfilling and meaningful. It's sounds like for nearly 4 decades, you've been thriving in your career." My response: "Decades ago I discovered what I'd love to do and began to do it. As a result, it's not "work" but my passion. 🤣
Career well-being is one of the most important elements in one's life. Gallup has discovered that people with high career well-being are twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall.
I love to tell my students that Mr. Brown enjoys weekdays as much as weekends! OMG!!! You should see the looks I get. I explain to them that I LOVE what I do on Monday thru Friday and I also LOVE my weekends!
People with high career well-being wake up every morning with something to look forward to doing that day.
Those with thriving career well-being have a deep purpose in life and a plan to attain their goals.
Here are 3 recommendations for BOOSTING CAREER WELLBEING:
1. Every day, use your natural given strengths. For me, I discovered my top 5 Strengths are POSITIVITY, ACTIVATOR, STRATEGIC, MAXIMIZER & COMMUNICATION. As a result, I get to live and work in my Strengths daily. Click on this link to go to Gallup to understand the definitions of Strengths.
2. Identify someone with a shared mission who encourages your growth. Spend more time with this person. I've had several great mentors in my life who have challenged and taught me many valuable things which have impacted my life in a positive manner.
3. Get into more social time with the people and teams you enjoy being around at work.
Lastly, I've been asked, "Since you like your career so much, do you find that you spend too much time working?"
Actually, I take more time to enjoy life, have great relationships, and I've learned to not take things for granted. I LOVE what I do each day!
NEXT WEEK: SOCIAL WELL-BEING!