While many job applicants are looking for the employment opportunity that will "light their fire", there are a growing number of entrepreneurs who have discovered that they can "light their own fire."
First of all, have you ever written down what it is that really "turns you on" in terms of work? We are talking professional opportunity here, economic opportunity, a chance to serve mankind and make a few bucks while you do that.
If you really take a hard look at this area, you might just discover what it is that reeeally gives you job satisfaction! It might just change your life.
The biggest trap you can fall into is to take a job only because it pays well. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions that weren’t thought out very well. That high-paying job may involve dealing in products and services that will suck you down the rathole of compromising your integrity. If you are dealing with good people and delivering ethical products and services, the job satisfaction you get will mean as much as the money you make.
I wrote about ideal jobs some time ago and it generated interesting responses from some very talented people. What I didn’t consider at the time was that it is possible to create a ideal job opportunity on your own! An ideal job is one which offers you a chance of living a more meaningful life and supporting your family at the same time.
In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to create several rewarding job opportunities. In the process, I have found some elements that were common to all of them.
These are some of the things that make a job satisfying for me. Your list will differ, I am sure.
Delivering a product or service that customers are excited about
Creating a product or service where aesthetic considerations are as important as strictly functional considerations.
Having a chance to develop the business from scratch
Breaking new ground in terms of developing a business model or a new approach to marketing and selling products or services
Creating a product or service that requires high quality workmanship or a high level of professional skill or both.
Working with highly motivated people in an environment with a minimum of hidden agendas
Having/creating a working environment with a rational mechanism for engaging with and disengaging from business relationships.
Working out a series of products and services that people want and are willing to pay for.
I am sure that you, with a few moments reflection, can add many more items to this list to describe an ideal job situation for yourself.
In the near future when many more of us will be self-employed, a technique for analyzing and developing satisfying work will become a universally necessity.
Perhaps you could start developing your list now, if you haven’t already done so.