According to statistics, most of us don’t like our jobs. That’s a big problem. When we’re not doing work we love, we’re unable to fulfill our true purpose, our happiness is sapped, and our relationships are often destroyed.
Today’s guest can help with that. His purpose is simple: to help people find work they love. He helps others find the career that they were meant for.
I believe that this is important work. Just three decades ago, almost two-thirds of Americans liked their jobs. The divorce rate was lower, the overall happiness of the population was higher, our productivity (in the US) was the best in the world. Today, that is no longer the case.
Money makes for a great scorecard, but a terrible motivator. That’s a lesson I learned the hard way when I was a new leader almost a decade ago. As a small startup, we assembled a team of what could best be described as a rag-tag group of people. Think The Bad News Bears, but older. And I had no clue how to motivate them.
Where Motivation Truly Comes From
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. – Helen Keller (TWEET THAT)
When I first began to lead others in the marketplace, I thought that everyone was like me. Money was the scorecard and it was also the motivator. Boy, was I wrong!
I’d struggled for almost a year to find better ways to motivate our team and push them to new levels of excellence. I used mostly financial incentives, with little or no results. Then, we held a company retreat.
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Have you ever been told that you’d never make it as a ____?
At first I thought it meant something was wrong with me. That I was deficient in some way. I felt inadequate every time I was told that.
Until I realized they were right. They were absolutely right…and I was OK with that!
I would never make it as a…
There are literally tens of thousands of things at which I am terrible. Tens of thousands of careers in which I would never make it.