April 26, 2010
I recently saw a post on twitter that referred back to an article on the AMA site about Peter Drucker’s teachings on personal growth. It is an older article, but it’s relevance is timeless. What stood out specifically was his statement about figure out your own uniqueness and applying it to both your personal and professional life.
Consider what’s unique about what you do, and in what areas you excel and contribute the most, both at work and outside of work. Focus on those strengths—your own core competencies—and find new ways to value and cultivate them. Odds are you can apply them to a variety of jobs, volunteer positions, and more.
Think about your life, both as it is now and where you’d like to be. Consider not just your work, but also your family, friends, interests, activities, and pursuits. Assess what’s working, what’s not, and what you might want to add or subtract to create more satisfaction and fulfillment.
This is one of the core ideas in Forget The Parachute, Let Me Fly The Plane. There is something you were meant to do, something at which you excel. There is a career out there that will fulfill you. You just have to figure out what it is.
Many people spend their lives wishing they were doing something that mattered, something that made them happy, something that made a difference, or any other number of somethings. Don’t spend your life wishing you were doing something else. Figure out what that something is, and start towards it today. There is no time like the present.
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