Do you know this feeling when you don't want to get up and go to work in the morning? When your eyes don't burn? It seems like you have an interesting job, good conditions, high salary. And there is nothing to complain about. But career growth is not fun at all.
HR companies around the world regularly conduct research on employee dissatisfaction in large corporations with their jobs. So, according to the latest poll by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, only in Russia about 20% of percent are not happy with their field of activity. Moreover, more than half of them are absolutely not ready to change anything.
It is also interesting that in another study conducted by Kelly Services, 53% of respondents, on the contrary, would like to completely change their specialty, since they lack the motivation to develop in an already chosen field. It turns out that a person can work all his life, have good productivity indicators - and at the same time understand that he is doing something completely different.
Why is this happening and what to do about it?
Probably, the whole point is that we often unconsciously approach the choice of a future specialty and our occupation in life. At 17, we are guided either by the example of our parents or by some social stereotypes. For example, "I will go to the Faculty of Economics, work in the banking sector brings good earnings" or "I am a humanitarian, so I can be a manager." And after graduation, we go on an internship in our specialty, we find ourselves in a company where we may not be satisfied with many things, but is it always easier to put up with it than to change something? And now, you are already over 30, you understand that there is no joy from work - but now it is certainly too late to do something.
And this is the main and, perhaps, the most destructive myth. It is always necessary and possible to change your life.
As a student of the Faculty of Sociology, at the age of 19, I decided to open my first business. It was an event agency that has been successfully operating for 10 years. Two years ago my business was quite successful, I worked with glossy magazines and fashion brands, almost like in "The Devil Wears Prada". Travel, complete freedom of choice, but I too often asked myself a simple question: "why am I doing this?"
Be careful with accidents: they are not random
Another way to understand what you really need in life is to look around. My destiny began to follow me 5 years ago. Then I accidentally got to a charity event for special children and realized that this is a cool and very simple thing that can easily turn into something useful. So, together with Anna Pinskaya, we implemented my first charity project - handmadecharity. A couple of years later, unexpectedly for myself, I became a trustee of a family orphanage in Moscow, which was left without support.
And two years ago, she made a good joke in the office: she invited a colleague to go on a charity date. I posted her photo on Facebook and wrote that the auction was starting. The one who places the maximum bid under the photo will win the meeting with Oksana, and all the money will go to the organization of the charity event. The meeting with Oksana cost 20,000 rubles, and the idea caused such a stir that now it is a large international project Meet For Charity, and more than forty-five million rubles have been raised for charity.
How it works
The most important thing is not to be afraid and believe in your madness. Your destination will bring strength, energy, and if you try very hard, then income. And even if no accidents happen to you, you can still find your own business. Try to take the test and answer 5 questions:
1. What areas attract me?
Be as crazy and brave as possible. Write a long list of everything that comes to mind, even what seems unreal. Skydiving, cross stitching, MB at Harvard, Facebook internship, astronomy, space flight, table setting, salsa, oriental practices or climbing Mount Everest. Mark for yourself the area, the action, and what exactly inspires you. And what activities can be associated with this in everyday life. Next to each area, write a number from one to ten according to the level of interest.
2. What are my inborn talents and gifts?
It is important to understand and write down your strengths. What are you good at? Almost like a job interview. Sociability, mobility, ability to concentrate, knowledge of languages, etc.
3. "Who will I be when I grow up?"
We all knew who we wanted to be when we were kids. Sometimes these were commonplace professions: firefighter, doctor or policeman, and sometimes - an artist or designer. We forget this very quickly as we grow up, but what if you knew yourself better then than you do now? Remember what career you've dreamed of and why? What did you like to play, what were you hobbies about at school?
4. Who do I admire? And why? What qualities do these people have?
It is important to write out at least five people and write why they are? What are they? After all, if you admire a person, then somewhere or in something you would like to be like him. This is real, and then you can admire your achievements as well.
5. What would you like to change (what I don't like in the world)?
Globally, how would you like to influence this world, what would you like to change in it? What is important to you, some big social problem that you would like to solve at the global level? For example, pollution, deaths, abandoned children, hunger. Always behind small goals there are global tasks to which you can be involved and, as they say, “make change. Be change ".
My Possible Destination
- Write 3-5 possible destinations that you could devote your whole life to.
- Try to summarize. The numbers in the first exercise will help you identify and highlight the areas that are of real interest to you. How many numbers have you put 8,9,10? Write them down on a piece of paper.
- Analyze what the answers to each question have in common? What kind of person, with what profession, with what interests do you develop, if you look at your answers from the outside?
- How far is this image from you today? Is your life at least 30% filled with the desires and ideas that you described in the answers? If so, then you are on the right track. If not, then it's time to start incorporating activities that make your eyes shine into your daily life. Even if they are not related to what you are doing now. They can serve as a bridge to your new self. Dare to dream.
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