“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
We have all likely found ourselves in a job we did not like too much. Whether it was when we first left school, or perhaps a summer job. For whatever reason, it just was not what we wanted or expected. Whatever the reason, no one wants to get up every morning and wish they were working somewhere else. Conversely, when you find yourself in your dream job you just know it. You wake up with a spring in your step, and ready to face the next challenge! Are you in the right job? Think about these 3 surefire ways to know for sure:
You see yourself in the big picture
Without a doubt, motivation at work has allot to do with believing in what your organization does. And equally true, is that high performing teams see what they do as contributing, in a meaningful measurable way, to the vision of the organization. So the question is, do you see yourself in the big picture? Are you running a project that will streamline processes, which will in turn make the organization more profitable for the shareholders? You are part of the big picture. Look around and see what you and your team are doing to contribute to the company goals and vision – you’ll look forward to coming to work by seeing yourself in the big picture.
You look forward to what is next
What’s next? I had a program manager who worked for me in a past life who thrived on the next challenge and on delivering results. I can still hear his voice and the words “what’s next” every time I thanked him for a job well done. What about you? Do you see your work as a series of challenges, that when completed successfully, have you looking for the next way to contribute? You will know you are in the right place when you look forward to the next project soon after delivering the last. You want to contribute, and you look forward to what is next!
You are recognized for your contributions
We do not do it for applause or self-promotion – or at least we shouldn’t. But the truth is we want and deserve to be recognized for our contributions to our company’s success. Sometimes it is as simple as our boss saying – “thanks I really appreciate the effort.” Are you being recognized for your efforts? If you are it goes a long way to making you feel for sure you are in the job! If you aren’t you are likely having doubts.
We all know what it feels like to be working somewhere wishing we were doing something else. If you are somewhere, doing something which allows you to see yourself in the big picture, looking forward to the next challenge, and you are recognized for your contributions – you’re in the right place!
“Paul and I, we never thought that we would make much money out of the thing. We just loved writing software.” – Bill Gates