Friday, February 11, 2011

Ready for a New Game?

What do you do when you can't find (or don't want to do) the type of work for which you're qualified?
What do you do when you feel like you don't fit in the current system and want out of the "rat race"?
What do you do when you don't want a "job" but need an income?
What do you do when you want to use your gifts and talents to make the world a better place but aren't sure how to do it?

We've been trained to play the game-- the game of work. But, the game isn't so fun any more for many people. Those who are working are doing more with less and are overwhelmed with the amount of work. Tighter budgets mean rewards like pay raises aren't even there to make it worth the payoff. As one employee said yesterday, "The reward is I get to keep my job and do more of this. Gee, thanks."

Most job search classes and advice focus on techniques for getting a job, which teaches you how to play the game well. Sure, it can be important to have a well-written resume, connect on LinkedIn, search for openings, network with other professionals, etc. But, the underlying assumption is, "If you do all the 'right' things, you'll end up where you want." Is that necessarily true?

If you're asking yourself any of the questions I asked at the beginning of this post, it sounds like you're ready for a new game. If so, I'm glad you're here! Instead of waiting for someone else to create a job opportunity for you, how about creating satisfying work yourself? This doesn't mean you have to run off and start your own business, although there are opportunities for that. But, it does mean recognizing your strengths, skills, and interests and aligning them with changing needs and knowing how to find or create opportunities that delight you. By the way, you can also create satisfying work right where you are by changing how you work to better fit your needs and support your goals.

Creating satisfying work is a different game. You have to let go of thinking there's a "right" way and instead find your way. That's why I'm here. I'll teach you how to do that so you can be healthy, enjoy your day, and feel good about your contributions to the world.

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