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While some of us have found the happy zone, there’s a significant number who aren’t feeling it. Gallup reveals people who have a high sense of career wellbeing are more than twice as likely to thrive in their lives overall. Sadly, only 20 percent of people strongly agree that they like what they do each day. That means four out of five individuals don’t like what they do.
For Millennials, job dissatisfaction is even higher. Deloitte found 49 percent say they will quit their jobs within the next two years.
Why is career well-being so important? What role does it play in overall well-being? Jim Harter, PhD, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and chief scientist for Gallup’s Workplace Management and Well-Being Practice. He says career well-being is critical. His book, Well-being: The Five Essential Elements, reveals of the five elements of well-being (career, financial, physical, community and social) career well-being is the most foundational element. Poor career well-being is even linked to poor health.
It’s clear, our good health and well-being depend on having something meaningful to look forward to each day. If you are a reluctant 9-to-5er and feel your true purpose is to provide a safe and happy home for your family, you can still feel fulfilled and at peace with your current job because you are tending to your personal values. Your job makes possible something that is important to you.
Also, think about what inspired you when you first accepted your job. Did something speak to you? Has the job changed, or have you forgotten why you wanted it in the first place? Try to reconnect with what you were excited about originally. You can also explore ways to better align your job with your personal interests?
Remember to also look for fulfillment in your personal life, too. We’ve all heard the saying, "If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!” Unfortunately, that may not happen for everyone. That’s why it is so important to find our passions and purpose inside and outside the jobs we do to pay the bills.
Personal growth author Lori Deschane offers some heartfelt advice:
Work for a cause
Not for applause.
Live life to express
Not to impress
Do you have something you are truly passionate about and wish you could get paid to do it? Let us know about it in the comments below.
Originally published 7/5/2017; Revised 2021
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