Feeling that the work you do is meaningful is essential to job satisfaction, yet many people do not find their work meaningful, therefore are not fully satisfied with their careers. Finding meaning in your work is no easy feat, which may be a large part of the reason so many people struggle to do this. It requires introspection and a deep understanding of what you are passionate about.
Many cancer patients and survivors realize that the work they were doing prior to their diagnosis was not truly meaningful to them, and after their cancer experience, which can be life-changing, find that they would like to find work that is more truly meaningful.
Idealist.org recently wrote an article about the 27 questions you should ask yourself to figure out your passion. This list is incredibly helpful if you're feeling stuck in a job that is no longer inspiring you. Here are some of the top questions to ask yourself to help you find your passion:
- What are you ridiculously good at?
- When was the last time you massively over-delivered on something? What was it and why did you work so damn hard?
- When was the last time you were in a state of flow, in the zone and totally lost track of time? What were you doing?
- What topics do you find yourself continuously arguing or defending with others? What beliefs does your stance represent?
- Out of all your current work roles, what would you gladly do for free?
- What do your friends always tell you you’d be good at, that you should do for a living (i.e. “he’d make a great…)? If you don’t remember, then go ask five of them.
- What careers do you find yourself dreaming of? What jobs do others have that you wish were yours?
- What 3-5 dream jobs or businesses can you imagine that would firmly embody your core beliefs about the world. Sky’s the limit.