Many of us at some point have had the kind of soul-sucking, mindless, monotonous monkey work that makes us grit our teeth and grumble. Still, some of us have been lucky enough to have work that excites us.
Whether you have the kind of job you look forward to going to, or the kind of job you look forward to leaving, how is it possible to find meaning and fulfillment on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis?
Here are five tips from businesspeople and entrepreneurs, that might help.
Help Your Employees (or Yourself) Improve
“The more skills you equip an employee with to make them more attractive in the marketplace, the more fulfilling their job will be. People want to feel valuable, and important, and if you think of the individual’s long-term career goals first, you will maximize their skills and in turn, make them invaluable in achieving the goals of your own organization,” notes Jeremy Durant, CEO of San Francisco’s BOP Design.
Consider the Greater Good
Phil Gerbyshaks is a Wisconsin-based speaker, author, and a trainer, who delivers programs on the power of technology, social selling, and connection. He suggests fulfillment can be found by “focusing and drilling down until you find the greater good goal.”
“Something beyond ‘to pay my bills’ or ‘to make the company profitable.’ The more a goal is connected to a greater good, the more meaningful the work will be. If you lead people, help them find this meaning by connecting the minute-to-minute to the greater good, and celebrate progress towards that goal by adding milestones along the way, so the clues of success are visible, for others to see too.”
Find the Fun in What You Do
No matter the kind of work you do, find something that’s enjoyable in it, encourages David Hunter, New Brunswick-based CEO of Blugenics Innovations Ltd., which produces a line of phytoplankton supplements and creams.
“Sprinkle in positive attitudes, and you can overcome obstacles and reach goals… having fun is what makes business meaningful.”
Discover How Your Work Benefits Others
Makarand Deshpande, a Toronto-based financial planner, says he makes his clients’ concerns his own.
“I invest the time to understand each client and their unique values, experiences and dreams. I then share a process that aligns who they are, and what they care about, with a strategy that meets their vision. The real benefit is the confidence and peace of mind in knowing that my clients have a trusted confidant and counsel for their life’s vision.”
Caroline Neron’s philanthropic work is tied to the success of the company, and she maintains that giving to various charities “really fulfills” her. The Quebec singer and entrepreneur has a line of jewelry seen in more than 20 boutiques across Canada, and a few hundred distributors globally.
“Women’s issues are very important to me, especially since my daughter was born,” she says. “I am also very supportive to causes that relate to children. I even created a tween collection called EMA, named after my daughter, that donates $1 of every piece purchased to the Breakfast Club of Canada.”
Help the Company Perform Better
Los Angeles-based Rachel Lee of SORI Brand teamed up with her mother Cara to create a women’s contemporary clothing brand. Rachel says growing and developing the company is always top of mind. With that mission, she finds fulfillment in bettering the brand, and as a happy byproduct, bettering customer’s satisfaction.
“[Spanish Basque fashion designer] Cristobal Balenciaga once said, ‘Fashion is not about clothes; it’s about people,’ and it inspires us to bring out that truth in everything we do for the brand. This attitude pushes us to be mindful of how we can improve the SORI experience for our shoppers, and it encourages us to take initiative,” notes Lee.
“We strive to improve the lifestyle for women, to lead the fashion industry in a new and innovative way, to make women feel youthful at any age.”
These tips from businesspeople and entrepreneurs have helped them and others derive meaning from their work, and they can hopefully be good pointers for those seeking ways to make their own jobs happier and more fulfilling.
Dave Gordon | DBPC Blog