I recently purchased the Gallup Strength Finders 2.0 test because a job that I was applying for required it to work there. It was a very interesting and worthwhile test and I highly recommend you take it yourself. One of the things that stood out most notably, though, was something that I read after the test in their downloadable e-book, Strength Finders 2.0. Here’s what part of the article said:
“Over the past decade, Gallup has surveyed more than 10 million people worldwide on the topic of employee engagement (or how positive and productive people are at work), and only one-third “strongly agree” with the statement:
“At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.”
Think about that for a minute.
Over 10 million people surveyed and only 1/3 said they wake up and love what they do! How sad.
What about you?
What’s at stake for you or for others who don’t do work that they love?
Do Work You Love To Do
The vast majority of people dread Mondays. It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that most studies show that Monday is the day that most suicides occur on. Why? Because every Monday people are faced with the reality that they are living a life that they really don’t love. For many of them, the idea of continuing on like that is too much to bear.
There many reasons for this. One of the biggest reasons being this: most of us never stop to even consider what it is that we would actually love to do.
Here’s a quiz for you: What would you absolutely LOVE to do every single day for work?
My guess is that most of you reading this have no idea. You haven’t even thought of that question in so long or you’ve resigned yourself to the idea that it doesn’t matter anymore and the dream is over.
How sad when that is true.
The Gallup survey went on to explain that people who wake up every day and love what they do are three times more likely to report having an “excellent quality of life”. (I call this “Thriving at life!”)
Is that you?
Is that what you would say?
A Word of Caution
I have to warn you right here.
For those of you reading this and it stirs up the still, small voice that encourages you to dream again, you have to be careful. Why? Because people around you do not want you to dream anymore. They want you to stay stuck just like them. If you start to dream again and think about correcting course, many of them are going to say things like this:
“What are you going to do? Find another job at this stage of life? This job is safe. It pays the bills! Stop dreaming!”
“You must be having a mid-life crisis!”
“It’s too late for you. Besides, work is not supposed to be fun. That’s why they call it work!”
Or they’ll laugh and tease and convince you to stay stuck with them. Trust me. This will happen.
But the stories are out there. Everyday people like you and I who have dreamed of a life worth living and then made it happen. They tuned out the negative voices in their lives and found a way out.
That is my hope for you.
You know how fast life goes by. You know that you’ve only got one shot at it. Don’t settle! Don’t give up. Don’t stop dreaming. It is your life. Thrive at it!At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day. Click To Tweet
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