It is important to find purpose in what we do. Even if we are not pursuing our passion, it is possible to find purpose in our job. It will make all the difference.
Let’s take a look at our fictional friend, Henry:
Henry is a recruiter. No, it wasn’t his lifelong dream, it wasn’t even a noble pursuit that inspired him to help, he just kind of fell into it when he was job searching. It was the only job he could find at the time. Though, over several years working as a recruiter, he had come to realize that he had found his calling in recruiting.
After taking a look at his career history, he says that in his experience, few people actually KNOW or understand their life “calling.” Henry said that he found purpose by doing his job, not by looking for a job that might fulfill his purpose. By learning about and doing his job well and purposefully, he found that he became passionate about it.
Any robot can perform job duties, but making a difference, however, takes purpose.
Why do we do what we do? For a lot of us, we need to know WHY our jobs exist; we need to understand the greater purpose behind why our job is important.
If you are now looking at your own career, you may now be asking, “but why does my job exist?” read on to make some sense of it all:
- It helps us in making good decisions and prioritizing appropriately. If we train ourselves to ask the question, how will doing this, (or not doing this) help me to serve my purpose? The answer will often give us the information we need to move forward.
- It helps us when we tackle problems. Often problems can start to build on each other and become so complex that we get lost in them. When this happens, it sometimes helps to get back to the basic questions like, what is my main purpose and who am I here to serve?
- It helps us stay connected to the overall purpose of the organization. Knowing why our jobs exist and how they fit into the bigger picture makes it easier to stay focused on what’s important.
- It gives value to every role in the organization, not just a few. If you nurture a culture that identifies the purpose and value of each job in relation to the overall vision and to each other, everyone in the organization has an opportunity to feel important.
- It promotes good stewardship. If we are clear about our purpose, it is that much easier to recognize and fulfill our responsibilities to those we serve.
Being the leader that can show why and help your team realize the purpose of their jobs will point your team in the right direction in finding their purpose creating a more positive and cohesive working environment for your whole office.
Purpose list taken from the You’re Not The Boss of Me blog
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