The Perfect Job
In order to be authentic in your career, or think of yourself as having the perfect job, it is sometimes necessary to turn down the well-paying job. Searching for the right job allows you to be happier and more satisfied in your position instead of being entirely pragmatic and picking the first and best paying job that comes your way. The most important thing for people to know is that they may not get to their perfect occupation fast, but they will get there eventually.
Sometimes the position you want is not available or doesn’t exist. In this case, it is important to find the work you love to do within another job. For example, if you are good with numbers and wanted to be a financial analyst, you could find a management position where finances are an integral part of your daily activities. Another option is doing work in the field; this can give you the freedom and the opportunity to create your work culture. In this case, you can take the well-paying job as long as you have the opportunity to innovate. The best freedom comes from responsibility, being the head of one division, for example. In these situations, you set your own objectives and accomplish them in your own style. Innovation is the bridge to having a job that is authentically yours.
More independence in your job will make you feel like you are more able to use your own ideas and create your own culture. You can take the job where you love 30% of the tasks you are responsible for, but then try to move and get to 50%, and then move again to be at around 70 or 80% of the things you love to do. In order to do get closer to a job you enjoy, you need to have some knowledge of yourself and how you best operate.
So, the best paying job may not always be the wrong decision. Being financially stable is important, but the goal should be to find a job where you can have the most freedom to accomplish your goals and then begin moving to a job where you spend more time doing the things you love. If you find yourself worrying about your job, however, this may be a sign that it is not the right fit for you. It might be time to make a change.
If you feel like you need help identifying the things you love to do or how you function in a work environment or if you feel like it’s time for a career change, contact me at Organic Blueprints at 804.288.0099.