I am a big fan of the notion that we should be accountable and control our own destiny to whatever extent possible.
One of the big wins in that approach is the satisfaction we get when we achieve our goals or pass a hurdle.
Think about a time when you felt that elation of winning or achieving a goal.
If you play a sport then you may have experienced the elation of scoring a goal, making a tough pass, taking a great shot ... any feat that you can take pride in.
If you have a different kind of hobby then perhaps you get that same kind of "buzz" when you accomplish an objective, reach a goal or exceed your own expectations.
Salespeople often get that feeling from a close or if they actually get a meeting set up with a busy executive, or perhaps when they exceed their numbers.
In the staffing business recruiters can get that buzz when they find that tough candidate, beat out the competition on an order or perhaps when they get a thank you from a candidate who got a job.
"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out."
Some jobs naturally bring those kind of "highs", but typically they also have some lows. The salespeople who lose a deal or miss their numbers, the recruiter who can't find that great candidate or loses to competition etc.
The real trick to job satisfaction is to find the positives and to focus on them ... to downplay the negatives and really concentrate on reaching, meeting and exceeding goals.
If you can set yourself goals, which you subsequently exceed there is great satisfaction in that.
Ultimately it becomes a way of life and second nature, such that you push yourself to achieve greater things.
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out."
To some people that sounds like a negative thing ... pushing limits etc.
But the opposite is true, only by pushing ourselves a little do we get better and only by getting better can we achieve that same "buzz" or satisfaction on a regular basis.
So ... if you want an easy life, then you are setting yourself up for mediocrity.
There is nothing wrong with that, if you truly want it ... just don't expect rewards beyond mediocre, it just doesn't work that way.
If you want more in life ... more job satisfaction, more income, more fun, more responsibility ... then you have to EARN it.
That involves hard work, commitment and consistency.
Having said all that ... the REAL reward is how you feel when you achieve more, succeed in your goals and exceed your own expectations!
Now that is living!
PS. All of this applies to every component of your life ... professional relationships, your job, personal relationships, play etc.
Rewards are earned ... and it feels sweet!
"There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed."
Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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I write these articles with the intent of sharing MY experience and knowledge gained during MY life journey. From the 16 year old joining the Royal Navy, through many incarnations, to the grey haired guy who built a business. If you find a nugget here, then I am happy. If the message offends you then I apologise, that was never my intent. I know and recognize there are many people and groups who have a far bigger challenge than I have had and I only wish you well.