Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership
Do You Have an A-LIST Job?By Evan Nehring
No one wants to work in a job or career that doesn't suit them. We’d much prefer to work in A-LIST jobs. These are jobs that suit us in these five ways:
A – Abilities: What am I good at?
L – Location: Where Do I Want to Work?
I – Interaction: Small Shop or Big Business?
S – Structure: Who Decides How I Spend My Day?
T – Tension: Work-Life Balance
How would that feel, to work in a job that takes your spiritual, physical and intellectual skills and puts them fittingly to work? How would it feel to work in a location that feels right as you drive into work each day? How would it feel to not be lost in a massive corporation or trapped in a small shop? How would it feel to have as much independence as you want along with as much guidance and support as you want? How would it feel to know that you’re reaching your career aspirations and growing old with no regrets in how you honor and enjoy your family?
That’s an A-LIST career. It’s different for each of us but that dignified pleasure of being in the right place feels about the same. So, first up is “A” for abilities. What am I good at?
Do you remember Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable’s advice on picking a career? He boiled the career choice down to two words: you pick.
Picking is a powerful thing because then we’re not waiting for something to happen. Once we have the idea for our career and settle it in our hearts, we can pursue it. Pursuit is a powerful thing too. Waiting for a break is a very powerless thing.
Picking doesn't mean that you’ll succeed wildly at whatever you choose, but it’s a huge step toward making it happen.
All of the aptitude tests and skill inventories are great, really, but there’s also an intuitive side to picking. Max Lucado talks about finding your career sweet spot.
See our desires as gifts to heed rather than longings to suppress, and you'll feel the same joy.
So go ahead; reflect on your life. What have you always done well and loved to do?
Some find such a question too simple. Do we need to measure something? Aptitude or temperament? We consult teachers and tea leaves, read manuals and horoscopes. We invent spiritual gifts and ancestors. While some of these strategies might aid us, a simpler answer lies before us. Or, better stated, lies within us.
The oak indwells the acorn. Read your life backward and check your supplies. Rerelish your moments of success and satisfaction. For in the merger of the two, you find your uniqueness.
It seems Max and Cliff agree. Go through all of the analysis you’d like. Look at what resonates with who you are…and pick.