The Gallup Organization polled workers about their jobs and found that only 20% said they get to do (at work) what they do best everyday. Does this mean 80% of us are unhappy, underemployed, or in the wrong jobs? Not necessarily, but before you decide a new job or opening up your own shop is the right path, make sure the new option will help you feel alive.
In a recent blog post, Carol Sanford, author of The Responsible Business, offered an exercise in evaluating what helps you feel alive. To read the content of the post, visit: Aliveness Exercise.
The exercise reminds me of the Seven Stories Exercise made famous by Kate Wendleton and the Five O’Clock Job Club. Additional self-assessment projects can be found in books like What Color is Your Parachute?
While there may not be a single best assessment for every person, I do encourage individuals to take time to conduct a thorough evaluation about themselves, career, interests, skills, etc. Finding a new job is only half the work, finding the right one is a serious undertaking.