Recently I heard “http://www.civicventures.org/staff.cfm” Marc Freedman, CEO and Founder of Civic Ventures, speak at Maine’s “http://www.civicleadership.org/Pages/index” Institute for Civic Leadership’s annual event.
While Marc’s work focuses on the 50+ generation’s emerging options for post-retirement years, there are aspects of his message that apply to all generations.
Simply said, most of us seek jobs that provide fulfillment and satisfaction and give us a sense of joy. That may seem to be a tall order for a workforce that ranks rather high in worker dissatisfaction.
But Freedman and other career professionals who write about finding your passion, working to live, and working on purpose, all have ideas about how to beat the current cultural odds.
Freedman has extensive research and countless interviews to back up his claim that the quest for meaningful work that gives one joy is often satisfied when “your deepest gladness meets the world’s deep need”, a quote attributed to theologian “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Buechner” Frederick Buechner.
It’s been proven that the desire to give back, offer a service, and make the world (or one’s community) a better place increases significantly as we age. This idea has it roots in the work of Erik Erikson, who described the eight stages of “http://web.cortland.edu/andersmd/ERIK/sum.HTML” psycho-social development, that includes a phase in “middle adulthood” when one feels the need to “support the next generation”.
So, for those of you who feel dissatisfied in your work, consider these two questions that might provide clues to a new, more fulfilling work reality:
What activity/ies fully engages you? How might you apply them to a need in the world?