One of the major reasons why many people leave their jobs is the search for fulfillment. We’re looking for something more. It’s not okay to wake up and go to humdrum job that does nothing to make the world a better place, right? We all want to ‘touch lives’ and have people come up to us saying, tearfully, “You changed my life!”.
Some people have started their own ‘dream’ business and they have been caught up in its day-to-day affairs, so much so that keeping afloat is all they are concerned about. ‘Fulfillment’, the reason why they started the business in the first place, has become a lost memory.
Well, I’m here to show you how you can be fulfilled in what you do right now, where you are right now.
First, understand that fulfillment starts from within and it’s a gift of God. You could have your dream job or your dream business and still be unsatisfied. Being in the right place is only a part of the fulfillment ride, there’s more.
Fulfillment is a matter of attitude more than anything else. Some jobs and occupations are not more fulfilling than others. When you do what you have been asked to do to the best of your ability, you will be satisfied. No matter what you do, when you see that the result of your hard work has made someone’s life better, even in a small way, you’ll be happy with what you’ve done.
Let me show you another way that can help you to see that your current job can be purposeful and fulfilling. For your employer, it may only be about profit, but you can make it about much more than your salary. You can choose to deliberately trace your personal contribution at work to how it has made someone’s life better, someone’s work easier, someone’s business possible and someone’s family healthy and happy. I’ll use scenarios from regular jobs.
As a lawyer, for instance, you may think you’re in a boring, ‘push-paper’ type of job, but stop and think for a minute. Think of a specific client and their business and realise that you contributed to moving their business forward by your legal advice.
Appreciate the fact that your work made their business possible and created jobs and income for their employees and their families. Appreciate how your contribution makes it possible for that business or organisation to affect the world.
If you believe your work is ‘mundane’ as a storekeeper, appreciate the fact that if your store wasn’t there, and your services were not good, it would be difficult for people to find the basic things that they need to make their lives easy.
As a banking officer, you are changing lives by helping your customers to access funds and manage their money. Appreciate the fact that the lives of people are being touched because you do your job well.
A teacher is shaping the lives of students. A boutique store owner is helping people to look great and build their confidence. A factory worker handles products that end up in the homes of people and help them to meet a need. The contribution of a public-office worker helps to create and maintain order in the society.
A decorator is making people’s homes and lives beautiful and orderly. A photographer is helping people to create and keep special memories. Are you into an agricultural business? Common, you’re feeding the world!
When your day gets boring and seems unfulfilling, remember that right now, where you are, you are important and you are needed. You may be on your way to another occupation, but where you are right now matters. Magnify your office, we’re all touching lives in one way or another.
How are you touching a life in your current occupation/job? Share it with us in the comment section!