When you focus only on what your work offers you, it makes you hyperaware of what you don’t like about it.
The deep questions driving your discontent are – “Who am I?” and “What do truly love?”-Those questions are essentially impossible to confirm. “Is this who I really am?” and “Do I love this?” rarely reduce to a clear yes-or-no response. In other words, emotional job descriptions and seeking emotional satisfaction actually are the cause of discontent. This mindset is almost guaranteed to keep you perpetually unhappy and confused
There’s something liberating about the “purpose” mindset: It asks you to leave behind self-centered concerns about whether your job is “just right,” and instead put your head down and plug away at getting really damn good at something beyond self satisfaction. No one owes you a great career, you need to earn it – and the process won’t be easy.
Put aside the question of whether your job is your true passion, (passion is emotion) and instead turn your focus toward excellence.
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” Zen Quote
Regardless of what you do for a living, approach your work like a true performer. Focus on being excellent at it.
The source of meaning and purpose in your work, hence enjoyment, is not some unquestionable inner passion, but instead something more pragmatic: It’s what works in the entertainment business. As Mark Casstevens put it, “the tape doesn’t lie”: If you’re a guitar player or a comedian, what you produce is basically all that matters. If you spend too much time focusing on whether or not you’ve found your true calling, the question will be rendered moot when you find yourself out of work.
Regardless of how you feel about your job right now, adopting the purpose mindset will be the foundation on which you’ll build a compelling career.
Adopt the Purpose mindset first and then the passion follows.
If you want to love what you do, abandon passion thinking (“what can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the purpose mindset (“what can I offer the world?”).
The more experience you have, the more likely you are to love your work.
The traits that define great work are rare and valuable.
Supply and demand says you need rare and valuable skills to offer in return.
These rare and valuable skills are your career capital.
The Purpose mindset leads to acquiring career capital.
You need to get good in order to get good things in your working life.
Career 90 Degree turns don’t work: a growing community of authors and online commentators are pushing the following idea: The biggest obstacle between you and work you love is a lack of courage to follow your dream.
The downside of that mindset is that it strips away merit. Nature evolves things, she builds one on top of the other, nothing is wasted, no experience lacks merit, she builds new, greater in consciousness, less in number.
In other words by evolving your career in wherever you are, you develop a greater consciousness in it (you do it with more excellence) but you also rise in the crowd to be at the “less in number” meaning, at the top of your game.
Great work requires skills of great (and real) value. Not courage.
MISTAKE; When she left her advertising career to start a yoga studio, not only did she discard the career capital acquired over many years in the marketing industry, but she transitioned into an unrelated field where she had almost no capital.
CORRECT: Instead of fleeing the constraints of his current job, he began acquiring the career capital he’d need to buy himself out of them. As his ability grew, so did his options. He invested his capital to gain more autonomy, this time by starting his own fifteen-person shop: He started his own company with enough career capital to immediately thrive, and had a waiting list of clients.
The traits that define great work are bought with career capital.
Because of this, you don’t have to worry about whether you’ve found your calling – most any work can become the foundation for a compelling career. But certain jobs are better suited for applying career-capital theory than others.
Three great reasons to change your job
1. The job presents few opportunities to distinguish yourself by developing relevant skills that are rare and valuable.
2. The job focuses on something you think is useless or perhaps even actively bad for the world.
3. The job forces you to work with people you really dislike.