How to Find Career Fulfillment

smiling-at-deskEditor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Wilner of Shake off the Grind.

We all want that “job” where we jump out of bed for in the morning, and feel excited and energized about the day ahead of us. Though, the majority of people are not happy in their job. They have reached an impasse, feel stuck, and are no longer gaining growth from their career experience.

Reaching an impasse can be a very beneficial moment in someone’s life though. It’s an important part of personal and professional growth. It signals that it’s time to start looking deeper at how we want to spend our time, and what type of professional endeavor and lifestyle will provide satisfaction and fulfillment.

Many people feel that finding career fulfillment is a lofty and idealistic dream. It’s easy to have doubts once we’re habitually conditioned to a certain lifestyle and daily routine, but I truly believe that people can find work that’s inspiring, purposeful, and ultimately fulfilling.

As long as you love the process and experience of what you’re doing, true career fulfillment can be obtained. If you have positive well-being and your values are met, then you’re on the right path.

So, what will provide you career fulfillment? Below are a few guidelines to consider.
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Finding Your Own Path to Fulfillment

life-buffettPeter Buffett wrote a solid book about finding your path to fulfillment – Life is What You Make It. (This is an affiliate Amazon link.) It breaks down the story how he refused to follow his father’s path into investing. He was never interested.

The book is well written, but it doesn’t slap you in the face like I hoped it would. I was hoping for a wakeup call that would help guide readers toward a new perspective.
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Loving what you do is an…

love-what-you-do-whnLoving what you do is an…

…ongoing process.

It’s a relationship that takes work. Just like you have to work at your marriage, your friendships, and yourself, there is no escaping the process of career development.

I fell into the trap of trying to create a static love for my work. I didn’t consider the fact that it’s a relationship like any other. I wanted to feel good all the time. This is impossible.

Letting go of a fixed perspective is the quickest way to enjoy what you do.

Even when you love what you do, you still need to develop new emotional skills, new physical skills, and new relationships with the work and your people.

Think:

“How can I improve my happiness by just 1% today?”

“What actions can I take?”

“Who can I help?”

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Do You Need a Superpowers Coach? – $240 Contest Giveaway

thank-you-whn-2You help me wake up in the morning.

You empathize with my pain.

You are a friend.

You push me to improve.

You are simply amazing.

I am so excited that you are a part of Work Happy Now. Without you I wouldn’t be as happy as I am. I’m currently in the top 10% of happiest people on earth. I’m not sure how to prove that, but believe me I’m there.

Today I’m giving away two superpower coaching sessions to one lucky winner. That’s a $240 prize. No messing around about this offer.
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Career Renegade – Book Review

Are you working at your job and wondering why you aren’t doing what you love? Maybe your passion is surfing, finance, or knitting. Regardless of what your passion is there is always a way to make money off what you enjoy doing. That is if you can find the right angle. You just need to find a way to deliver value to people so they will pay you for your skill.

The “doing what you love” method of making money is a popular topic lately. Many people are flooding into this market. The problem is that they don’t have enough true wins or losses in their past to be considered an expert. They just talk a good game.

We must separate the fakers from the real deals. After meeting Jonathan Fields at South by South West I’m confident that he is the real deal. His book, Career Renegade, takes the reader through the steps necessary to take his/her career to the next level.

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