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Career Happiness: The Power of Asking "Why" and "How"

Jun 21, 2023
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Finding true happiness in your career is a journey that requires introspection and self-reflection.

There are two different types of jobs:

1) Jobs for the title or financial rewards

2) Jobs to align your work with your values, passions, and aspirations.

There is absolutely nothing inherently wrong with either, unless you're unhappy. To uncover the path to career happiness, it's crucial to ask yourself two fundamental questions: "Why" and "How."

  1. The Power of Asking "Why": Asking yourself "Why" is the starting point for understanding your career happiness. It delves into the deeper motivations and purpose behind your work. Reflect on what drives you, what brings you joy, and what impact you want to make in the world. By exploring your "Why," you can gain clarity on what you want (prestige, money, aligned values, fulfilled passions). It becomes the compass that guides your career decisions at that moment and helps you align your professional pursuits with your authentic self. Your why can change at any time in your life.
  2. The Importance of Asking "How": While understanding your "Why" is crucial, it's equally important to ask yourself "How" when it comes to career happiness. "How" shifts the focus from aspirations to action. It prompts you to think about the practical steps and strategies needed to create a fulfilling career. Consider the skills, knowledge, and experiences required to pursue your passions. Break down your goals into smaller actionable steps and create a roadmap to achieve them. By asking "How," you empower yourself to take control of your career journey and make intentional choices that lead to long-term satisfaction.
  3. Nurturing Career Happiness: Asking "Why" and "How" is an ongoing process that evolves as you grow personally and professionally. Continuously check in with yourself and reassess your goals and aspirations. Regularly reflect on whether your current career path is what you want and need in the moment. Be open to exploration, learning, and adaptation as you navigate your career journey. Seek opportunities that challenge you, provide growth, and allow you to make a positive impact. Remember, career happiness is not a destination but a continuous pursuit that requires self-awareness, courage, and a commitment to personal fulfillment.

Embrace the journey of self-discovery and embrace the power of these questions to shape a fulfilling and meaningful career. Your happiness is worth the exploration and effort.

In pursuit of a fulfilling career,

Joshua

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