About This Episode:
In this episode of “#WalkWithMe” I talk about how we can take the right perspective when it comes to either 1) our work changing or 2) changing our work, and share four things we should look for to get the best return on the work we do.
A lot of us are probably going through an adjustment or transition of sorts in our work, business or career right now. Work is changing because the world is changing. I see work in two buckets:
- Your work is changing – You’re in the same role or at the same company, but maybe you have to take on extra responsibilities, adjust your schedule or create a new work environment in your house, for example. It can be changing slightly or dramatically in your day-to-day.
- You’re changing your work – Maybe you’re in a situation where you’ve been laid off or furloughed and have to completely pivot. I have people close to me who were at the highest level in their sector who now must go in a totally new direction.
#1 – Money
This is a given, of course, since we have to make money, which is an exchange for the time, skillset and value we provide. It’s about getting a return for what we contribute in a way we feel is fair. The income should ideally meet one’s current lifestyle / basic needs. Ask yourself: Am I getting paid what I’m worth?
#2 – Growth
I’m talking personal and professional growth. It is built into our DNA to constantly progress and pursue better. If we’re not growing, we are dying. As we transition out of school and into the workforce, we sometimes find ourselves in environments where growth is not automatic. And, so we feel static. Knowledge, skills and experiences should be right up there with the money. If you focus on growing those, more money will follow it. Ask yourself: What can I learn or develop?
#3 – Relationships
A lot of times people like to separate work from their life, and therefore have their ‘work friends’ and their ‘life friends.’ I view it all as just life. Since work is a big part of our life, we need to develop relationships that are important. It’s not just about what you’re learning at your job, but who you’re building relationships with. Maybe they are with people who can mentor you or open doors for you. Ask yourself: What type of relationships can I build?
#4 – Fulfillment
The best work that is most aligned with who you are should create some type of emotional fulfillment—it should fill up your cup or give you a feeling of contribution. If you don’t have that right now, figure out how you can tie what you do every day to some greater purpose. Ask yourself: How can I connect my time and energy to something that is more fulfilling or purposeful?
Challenge yourself to make your work more about than just earning money. If you ask ourselves these questions in whatever work seat you’re in right now, I’m willing to bet you’ll find that this is an amazing time of opportunity and be able to get an awesome return on the effort you’re putting in.
Which of these four do you want to work on to get a greater return?