Q: Your post on fulfillment really got me. The thing is, many people (including me) don't have that luxury. It's tough enough to make ends meet. Don't you think a lot more people are going to have to be satisfied by simply having a job?
A: I understand what you are saying and am not blind to the reality of our economy and the employment landscape. I think your question can best be addressed by a something I wrote a while back...
We live in a time where, out of necessity it seems that many people have to take jobs that “pay the bills.” The number of people I meet in unfulfilling jobs is alarming. It’s a sign of the times and a sign of how quickly the reality of the world’s economy is changing.
Unfortunately, though, there’s a huge price to pay when that’s the case. For one, unless you’re feeling fulfilled and in sync, that little voice in your head will always be nagging you – reminding you that you aren’t feeling so hot about your career. There’s a solution, though, that helps to quiet that nagging voice. Pursue fulfillment.
You see, if you are at the very least pursuing your purpose, you are “on purpose” and the voice is dulled. Many people view the job dilemma as an either/or sort of thing. You’re happy or you’re not. That’s what keeps people from taking steps forward. Tiny steps, even, that get them closer and closer to feeling in sync.
Fulfilling work that will resonate with you is within your reach. It starts by taking one step at a time. I’ve worked hard – and even faced a career refocusing – to become an expert and to differentiate myself within the field of Human Resources and Career Development. It wasn’t always easy, and I could have chosen to stay in upwardly mobile but ultimately unfulfilling jobs from my previous career track. My life is much richer all the way around because of the career shift I pursued.
The economy is not great and the world of work will is not likely to return to the way it was several years ago. I urge you, though, to get on top of your career and make work work for you. Settling is simply not worth it – no matter the state of the economy.