Find Your Sweet Spot

Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds:

An
architect had earned her degree, gained her license, and joined the AIA. She
found a well-paying job and even became
successful. But she didn’t love it; she didn’t feel she was serving others as
well as she could.
A
successful salesperson and sales team leader had a twenty-year, well-paid
career, but she didn’t love her work. She
couldn’t tolerate going through the motions anymore.
With
so many years and so much invested in
their careers, what could they do? The stories don’t end there.
For
the architect, after fifteen years in the field, she quit. She went back to
school to study to be a registered nurse. She earned her nursing degree and has
found a great job. She loves what she’s doing. She feels she’s serving people
beautifully. She’s found her sweet spot.
The
salesperson applied at veterinary school. She was accepted and quit her sales
job. She headed off to school this month. She’s so excited she can hardly stand
it. She can’t wait to finish her doctoral program and serve animals (and their
owners) in a veterinary hospital.
You
may not be in a position to quit your job and go back to school for your
“perfect,” inspiring job. But you may have a good idea of activities that could
be a source of inspiration for you.
Are
you doing what you’re great at? And what you love to do? Are you paid a living
wage to do it?
Perhaps
even more important to your sense of
personal satisfaction and purpose– are you serving
others well while you’re doing it?
I
believe that’s the ultimate sweet spot for each of us. Yet sometimes we settle
for less than all four of those important elements.
When
we settle, we may limit our own joy – and limit our ability to contribute to
our company, family, and community.
If
we find a career doing something we’re good at and are paid fairly for, but
aren’t doing what we love and aren’t serving others well, we’re not going to be
happy in the long run. Nor are we likely able to be our best self in every
moment.
If
we find outlets – volunteering in your
community, for example – that let us engage in activities we’re good at, love
to do, and serve others well but get little compensation for, that’s a good
thing! Activities like these may be a small portion of our week or month
(several hours, maybe), but they feed our soul. We’re grateful for these
inspiring hours.
What,
though, if these inspiring, engaging activities don’t offset the many more
hours you spend in an unfulfilling career? What then?
We
can choose a different play, a different
stage, and a different role – one that does fulfill us daily.
The
path won’t be easy. But it may be worth the time, energy, and risks to find
that inspiring sweet spot.
If
your job isn’t in your sweet spot, engage in activities that nourish your soul
and serve others well. Pay it forward – those you serve will be inspired by
your actions.
What
job or activities fall into your unique sweet spot? In what ways do you nourish
your soul and serve others?
S. Chris Edmonds is a sought-after speaker, author, and executive
consultant. After a 15-year career leading successful teams, Chris founded his
consulting company, The
Purposeful Culture Group,
 in 1990. Chris has also served as a senior
consultant with The Ken Blanchard Companies since 1995. He is the author or
co-author of seven books, including Amazon best sellers The
Culture Engine
 and Leading at a Higher Level with Ken Blanchard. Learn
from his blog posts, podcasts, assessments, research, and videos at http://drivingresultsthroughculture.com.
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