Being in the right career means you love the work that you do. You feel fulfilled, purpose driven and content. You feel that you are making a difference.
There are several assessments, skill builders and personality tests which can help you determine if you are in the right career. Before utilizing those resources, take a personal assessment of who you are, what you have accomplished, and why.
As for me, I am an HR professional with over twenty years’ experience in corporate HR for both profit and not for profit organizations. I have always loved the people aspect my work. Before resigning to become a full time entrepreneur, I began to feel burn-out. After a year into my own business, I realized that I have simply gone back to my beginnings. I have gone back to the things that I love that are fulfilling and rewarding. I have always loved writing, poetry, English, speaking, and helping others. As a matter of fact, I graduated from elementary school Valedictorian and gave the graduation speech for my class. I participated in drama, clubs, student council, the school newspaper, and every type of youth organization you could imagine. I was a peer counselor, a teen advocate, and mentor to younger students. When I graduated High School and went to college, I majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Communications. I was going to be on the news! I had dreams of becoming a news broadcaster. I would stand in front of the mirror and rehearse saying “This is Monique Denton, Channel 7 News, signing off.” My dreams were so vivid that I could see myself sitting at the news desk and covering stories all around the world.
My elementary school graduation. Valedictorian, giving graduation speech.
So, how did I end up in human resources? Well like most of us, life happened. I did not complete my education at the first University I attended. I became a mom early, and it was at that time that I realized I had to get a job. My grandmother referred me to the company where she worked and I spent the next seven years there which led to my HR career. After leaving that company I looked for jobs in HR because I was familiar with it, had obtained excellent skills, and I was good at it. I continued to work in HR with different organizations and worked my way up the proverbial career ladder. I also continued my education and pursued a degree in Organizational Management. During my career, I tried several businesses. I sold Avon, Mary Kay, jewelry, lingerie, and even opened a boutique IT recruitment firm “Unique Technologies”. What I did not realize at the time is that I was searching for the right fit. How many of us have tried our hands at something or changed jobs because we were searching for the right fit? The right fit which is key to establishing your work life balance in career and business.
Speaking of right fit, let’s fast forward to today. I am a full time Entrepreneur, Career Strategist and Life Coach. I am the Founder of Embrace Your CAKE, LLC (Confidence, Attitude, Kindness, Excellence). I am a published author and working on two books. I am a Motivational Speaker. I am happy, I am fulfilled, I am purpose driven, and I love what I do. For me achieving the right life balance when it comes to career and business is to make sure the work you do is both fulfilling and self-rewarding.
So why did I share that story? Thinking back to my childhood and all those things that I loved to do is in in total alignment with my work, career, and who I am today! Although it is not easy, I feel relief, a sense of comfort, and balance. Now, I want you to think back to your childhood. Think of your beginning. Think about your view of the future at that time. What was it that you always wanted to do? What did you fantasize about? What career did you see yourself in? What job did you see yourself doing? How did that make you feel? When you think about your childhood dreams and fantasies, did you ever think of it as work? Or did you think of it as an adventure?
We all know one or two people who absolutely love their jobs and what they do. There are even some that enjoy and look forward to going to work. Do you find that they are more cheerful and less stressed? This doesn’t mean that their jobs aren’t tough, but when you enjoy what you do there is a distinct difference in the impact it has on your life. How do you feel about the work you do? Now think about your current career or business - does it truly align with who you are? Does it feel somewhat adventurous? Are there aspects of your job that you enjoy and others that you dislike? Do you notice the difference in your emotions when working on what you enjoy and what you do not?
Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of man's being. ~Orison Swett Marden
Excerpt from Monique Denton-Davis’s Chapter in: “Work Life Balance for Women On The Rise”
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