“Champions don’t become champions in the ring- they are merely recognized there. If you want to see where someone develops into a champion, look at his daily routine”
~ John Maxwell ~
Some people slog through life thinking, this is as good as it gets. They put in hours, take their paycheck, and find joy someplace else.
It doesn’t have to be that way for you. There’s a way you can find satisfaction in your current place of employment. You won’t stay in the same spot. Instead, I’ll show you four quick ways to take your career to another level while sticking with the security of your current employer.
- Write your dream job description.
- Find areas in your current job that match your dream job
- Look to add value around you
- Delegate the dregs
1. Write your dream job description. Everyone deserves to go to work with eagerness and delight at what they day will bring. They should work from their strengths and core values. Fulfillment comes when you feel you are making a meaningful difference.
The first step to create your dream job is to define what it is… and what it is not. Sometimes this is harder than you think! Then a career coach can help you find those insights and core values that motivate you to succeed.
If you don’t know what makes you happy, you’ll have a hard time defining your ideal job. So take time to carefully study what your strengths are and what you’d like to spend the majority of your time doing.
2. Find areas in your current job that match your dream job. Look at your current responsibilities. Which ones do you enjoy doing? Which types of responsibilities fit with your dream job description?
These are the ones you want to expand on. Look for ways to increase the amount of time you spend on these jobs. Perhaps a co-worker hates the very work you love. You could look at taking on some of that added responsibility. As you work to your strengths, you will shine.
3. Look to add value around you. Because you are skilled in your “dream areas,” you have a nice level of expertise in them. Continue to grow that expertise. Be available to take on extra work in that area. Because it’s fun for you and you enjoy it, it won’t feel like work.
Because you are eager to assume that responsibility, you’ll earn the gratitude and recognition of your bosses. You may become the go-to person for that area of the work. More work will come your way, and soon, you’ll have merged into your dream career.
Your added value will make it easy to then ask for the pay you want.
4. Delegate the Dregs. You also want to look at the parts of your job you hate. Find an honorable way to do less of them. Because every person has different strengths and skills, one of your co-workers may love that job. Look for ways to trade jobs so you can get the ones you love and your co-workers take from you the ones you hate.
Sometimes just getting rid of the worst jobs can help you love your job more— especially if it frees up time for those projects you love.
As you take these four steps, you can morph your current job into your dream job. Write your dream job description. Expand your value to the company by sharing your strengths and delegating jobs you don’t like. Get the satisfaction you deserve.
Joel’s career coaching opens up opportunities to discover your strengths and create your dream job. Take that next step in your career today! Find joy in work now. Email Joel and get started on your dream job… and even how to change your current job into that dream job
Talkback: How have you moved into your areas of strength? Have you ever given some of the jobs you hated to someone who liked them? What tips can you give others to change their job for the better?
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“When we dream we make meaning of life, discover the essence of ourselves, truly grow up, and most importantly, model for children how to dream.”
~ Whitney L. Johnson ~
Years ago, an associate of mine was working in a job that had already made him more money than most Americans earn in a lifetime. Right out of college, he landed a position with a major tech company and helped design several iterations of the world’s leading networking equipment.
Some might call my associate’s career a study in success—a perfect example of how a smart, hard-working, enterprising individual could still do great things in America. Only, the man wasn’t happy. In fact, he was miserable. He was tired of networks and technology and wished his life had taken a different direction. In other words, he felt trapped.
He was also paralyzed by fear. He attributed most of his success to luck, circumstances, and youthful enthusiasm. More than halfway through his life, how could he dramatically change its trajectory, yet still meet all of his financial obligations? More importantly, did he have what it took to do something new?
The man eventually hired me as a career coach, and several months later he made the transition into a C-level position at a leading nonprofit organization. When he and I reflected on his success, he said, “I think it’s the questions we discussed, the ones right at the beginning, that made it all possible. Once I realized I could answer them all in the affirmative, I knew I had what it took to make a change.”
Those questions are reproduced here:
- Can you invest hours of your free time in learning something new? Most people’s dream job—whether it’s a director of marketing, a boarding school history teacher, or a chief information officer—requires a high degree of expertise in a diverse set of specialized skills. Those skills take time, effort, and intentional practice to master.
- Are you willing to accept rejection? It’s the extremely rare individual who lands his or her dream job on the first interview. Just as J. K. Rowling received dozens of rejection letters before having her first Harry Potter manuscript accepted, most dream job seekers will have to deal with being turned away by HR.
- Do you know how to talk with people? Whether it’s fair or not, few people will recognize your expertise and value if you don’t introduce yourself to them. Old-fashioned networking is essential to landing most dream jobs. The more people know or hear about you, the more likely they will be to hire you—or point you in the direction of the perfect opportunity.
- Can you discipline your thinking and achieve emotional detachment? For most people, one of the biggest barriers to landing their dream job is self doubt. The human subconscious has a negativity bias by default, which leads us to constantly question our plans. Thankfully, practice and mindfulness can transform our thinking and dramatically decrease self doubt.
- Are you willing to put happiness above money? According to psychological researchers, earning more than $75,000 per year (adjusted for local COL) doesn’t contribute to the average American’s overall level of emotional well-being. While not every dream job comes with a pay cut, some do; others may require substantial education or relocation costs.
If you’re interested in reading more about landing your dream job, my friend Whitney Johnson has a new book out titled Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream, which is available at bookstores nationwide, as well as on all major online retailers, including Amazon, B&N, and Indiebound.
Talkback: Are you working at your dream job, or is it “just a job”? How would you answer the five questions above? Are you willing to do what it takes to start pursuing your dream job?