Is your career making you unhappy?

Here are a few clues on how you can solve it.

Money alone doesn’t make us happy. But at the same time, is it realistic to expect for our careers to make us feel accomplished and satisfied all the time? What happens when we’re new at something and, while we’re keen to learn, we’re by no means masters of the craft?

There’s always discomfort in growth, and in order to become better at something, you need to be critical of yourself enough to see what can be improved and confident enough to take the necessary steps to improve it.

In this blog post, we’re looking at some of the ways you can find out what suits your abilities and how you can build a successful career.

1. Introversion vs extroversion in the workplace

Before you study for a certain degree or start a job, you have to determine where you are on the introversion/extroversion scale.

For example, does your dream job involve networking most of the time? Then it might be best suited for extroverts. Or is your career success determined by individual work instead?

Another aspect you should ask yourself is how will your abilities be used. For example, if you decide to work in real estate, being talkative, comfortable around others, and friendly may earn you a paycheck each month. But if you’re a bit reserved and introspective, you’re the wrong person in the wrong place.

2. Raw talent doesn’t make you successful—hard work does!

If you look at the daily routines of one of the most successful and talented people in the world, you quickly notice a pattern. They aren’t just born that way, but they’ve developed over the years due to consistent hard work. Romanticizing even creative work can lead to always waiting for inspiration to strike you when in fact even writing or composing a song takes a skill that can be learned and sharpened over the years.

Nobody wakes up one day and suddenly writes a best-selling book. Behind the “aha” moment, there are years of hard work involved.

3. Be aware of things you cannot change

In the workplace, it’s not just ability that helps you climb the ladder but also how your superiors see you. It may come down to whether you’re well-liked by them, or if the company constantly invests in their people.

There are many factors that you can’t control. Focus on the things you can control, such as your work ethic or the people you surround yourself with. If you believe you aren’t appreciated at your current workplace, there’s no reason for you to stick around and wait for things to change.

Wrapping up

Finding the right career path is tough. After all, there’s so much to choose from, but what’s worse, all of the information we’re exposed to is superficial. Even though we know how much a lawyer makes and how he makes a living, we’re rarely told what qualities a lawyer has to cultivate and what mundane tasks need to be done every day to ensure the success of their business.

If you’re unsure about how your personality plays a role in the career path that will make you feel satisfied, feel free to contact us.