Welcome to my post.
Come in, make yourself comfortable and be prepare to unleash some fully fledged truth bombs on you sub-conscience.
Today's post is being written from a fully personnel perspective.
It aims to convey why I, like many of you, feel unfulfilled in the day-to-day role and whether this blogging malarkey can be the answer to providing fulfillment and contentment.
Hopefully it will raise some questions, thoughts or at least give you that warm feeling that you are happy and content where you currently are, where you are going or help you figure out where you need to be.
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Are you fulfilled?
OK so recently i am feeling increasingly separated from my work colleagues and feel that my company is going in a different direction to what i am comfortable with. I won't go into specifics but needless to say i am unfulfilled.
In my opinion the three things that would mean i am fulfilled at work are being challenged, respected and utilised.
Looking back through my previous projects, when was I happiest? It wasn't when I dredging through the monotony of emails or invoices. It was when I was actively engaged in challenging work. Work that i found interesting, work that had a clear direction (maybe not at the start but definitely once it starts to develop), it was when i could use an existing skill or learn or develop a skill to produce a valued output.
So how can you be challenged? Think about your current position or tasks.
Respect is earned and is reciprocal. Do a good job, work hard and respect will follow.
However respect isn't just about being good at your job. This is also in regard to being a valued member of a team. Its the day to day relationship you have with colleagues and leaders and how information is passed between the team. Its about treating customers, colleagues, bosses as people, as humans.
Respect can take the form of the remuneration you are given, or the plaudits you receive or as mentioned before the day to day interaction of being an integral part of a team.
There is nothing worse than having to twiddle your thumbs or having your skill set not be utilised. The satisfaction of ending a day knowing that you have earned your personal time. Or being in the position that you can look back and see that you have delivered or made significant contribution to a goal or action can build upon your motivation and momentum to wake up and do it all again. Ultimately work is about accomplishment.
Can Blogging be the Answer?
Well if the question is can i be challenged, respected and utilised. Then blogging could be the answer. Of course there is the human need for clothing, warmth and sustenance that can only be provided from an income. So that is the challenge? Every time you write a post you can challenge yourself to create something useful, entertaining and original. You can be respected from your peers, your readers but ultimately the self respect comes from the satisfaction of producing your content. Utilisation can be looked at that you can always be doing something productive for your blog, be it writing, researching or marketing it.
In conclusion I need to find fulfillment. I need to establish what i need to do that and progress to work with colleagues, supervisors and customers to become challenged, respected and utilised.
For my blogging i am going to continue to challenge myself to develop my skills, attain respect from you my readers and utilise myself to provide more and more quality content. At the moment, for me blogging can not be the answer, but it may just be a stepping stone or development tool to get there.
Remember, when you think you are too far behind, you are always miles ahead of those who haven't tried.
Thanks for reading. What leaves you fulfilled? Has blogging helped you? Leave a comment below and lets figure out a way to be fulfilled in whatever we do.
Love N Stuff,
Andy @ designuntapped