One of my dear friends, Jane Harris, share this essay and podcast with me this weekend, titled, “Fail Safe: Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and the Creative Life.” You can view the essay and/or listen to the podcast here:
Interestingly, Jane sent this article to me as I just started reading, “How Will You Measure Your Life” by Clayton Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon. I decided to purchase the book because I enjoyed the article written by Clayton Christensen titled, “How Will You Measure Your Life.” In the article (which you can read here – http://www.anthonyandrew.com/executive_brief.htm) and the book, he focused on three questions:
- How can I be sure that I will be successful and happy in my career?
- How can I be sure that my relationships with my spouse, my children, my extended family, and my close friends become an enduring source of happiness?
- How can I be sure that I live a life of integrity – and stay our of jail?
For this blog, I want to focus on the first question on career. Take time to ask yourself these questions (from Chapter 1: What Makes Us Tick of the book):
- Is this work meaningful to me?
- Is this job giving me a chance to develop?
- Am I learning new things?
- Will I have an opportunity for recognition and achievement?
- Am I going to be given responsibility?
His premise is that if we have these things, our work would be intrinsically motivating. Is that the case for you? If not, what are you going to do to change it? And when are you going to make that change? Why not START NOW?