If everyone loved their job, the world would be a happier place. Sadly, this isn’t the case in a major way. 84 percent of workers are still waiting for their ideal job to show up.
One of the main reasons why dissatisfaction in the workplace is so common is because people don’t choose careers based on what motivates and drives them. They choose a job based on external influences, such as the desire to meet family expectations or gain cultural status, which only makes them unhappy, depressed, angry and unproductive in their role.
You Are Not What You Do
Let’s dismantle one powerful misconception that’s destroying your view of your career: what you do does not define you. You are who you are. You are not what you do.
“I’m a lawyer.” “I’m a teacher.” “I’m a doctor.”
Yes, you are, in your career, but who are you really? If you’re measuring yourself by how much money you earn or how many letters you have after your name or how many years you’ve been in your field, you will probably face dissatisfaction at some point, because who you are is so much more than what you do. Your value as an individual does not originate from your job title.
Do What You Are – You’ll Never Work Again
Is it really that important to have your career match your personality? Couldn’t you just play a role, then leave it behind at the end of the day? Can you still be successful?
Well, it depends on how you define success. You could achieve career milestones, but you won’t be happy, because your life will still be all about this separate entity called work.
On the other hand, if you do what you are, you will never work another day in your life.
How Can a Personality Test Help You?
Personality testing is a way to diagnose why you do what you do, how you think, what you want and what is ultimately going to make you the happiest in your life. This helps inform your career choice.
While choosing a career might come easier to some people, such as a person with a task-oriented dominant-compliant personality, a creative influencer might not have as easy of a time. They’re a fluid thinker. They fail to plan – they rely on feeling their way through life. They seek freedom, not money. It’s much more likely they will wind up in a role that’s not for them.
Of course, every individual has unique nuances in their personality that make assessments interesting and informative. Essentially, a personality test will tell you:
- What drives you.
- What you need to do in the world in order to feel good about being in it.
Focus on What You Want, Not What You Think You Are Stuck Doing.
One of the top signs you might need a career change based on a personality conflict is found in the answer to this question: does your brain smile or frown when you think about going to work?
If you dread waking up in the morning, you have a problem. If you hate talking about what you do to other people, there’s a disconnect.
But instead of wasting away hours at your job focusing on one dominant thought, “I hate my job,” start focusing on what change you can see yourself making. Think about what you want, not just what you are stuck doing.
What Are You Afraid Of?
When your desire for purpose becomes greater than your fear of uncertainty, you’ll find the strength to quit the job you hate and start living the life you want to live. Our personality assessment can help you finally recognize the internal factors that should dictate what you do, because it will show who you are.
You can start with a free 10 minute call with us! We want to help!