Posts tagged Career satisfaction
The Secret to Happiness Is in Our Differences

When you look for the differences, you discover your personal balance: the place where you connect with what you’re doing. It’s like doing yoga poses; your center of gravity is different from the person next to you. If you did EXACTLY what they did, you would fall over. Because life and career satisfaction isn’t about finding the next thing that will make you happy or doing the exact same thing your star co-worker is doing; it’s about finding the balance that will give you sustainable happiness throughout the entirety of your life.

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What an Old Japanese Folktale Can Teach Us About Career Satisfaction

The Stonecutter is one of my favorite Japanese folktales. Its author and date of origin are unknown, and it is likely several hundred years old. And there’s a good reason why it’s still around: the message in the story can be applied to anyone at anytime in every career. … Instead of saying, I’ll be happier if... look at all the ways you can be happy in the position you are in now. At times, we are so focused on getting to the next step in our career, we miss the meaningful opportunities that are already waiting for us. There is a lot of power in a stonecutter, but sometimes you have to become a stone mountain to realize how important and powerful the stonecutter’s hammer and chisel are. 

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3 Reasons Most People Never Find their Perfect Career

According to the most recent Gallup State of the American Workplace report, 67% of U.S. employees are disengaged at work. Looking closer, 16% of employees are actively disengaged, meaning, they are miserable, and their efforts often result in the destruction of what their engaged coworkers are building. The other 51% are simply "not engaged" and are "just there". They are unattached to their work and workplace. They're doing their time, unenthusiastically, without energy or passion. This means that roughly two-thirds of Americans wake up every morning to spend most of their day doing something that isn’t meaningful or fulfilling.

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