FEELING LOST IN YOUR CAREER?

 

We've all been here before. Heading to work with that nagging feeling in your gut that the job you're heading to just isn't right.

I read an article recently referencing that 60% of us are unhappy with our jobs. This is exactly why I started my side hustle coaching business so that I could help you out.

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE

Are you feeling stuck, bored, frustrated and crabby when you get home from work?

This week I had lunch with a girlfriend of mine who announced that it's all too late for her. 15 years in the banking industry meant it was time to throw in the career change towel and suck up the life she chose.

The thing about this is that it's complete bollocks! You can start a career change at any time of your life.

At 34, Andrea Bocelli left his career as a successful Defence Attorney to become one of the worlds most loved classical singers. At 40, Vera Wang hung up her figure skating skates to become one of the fashion industry's most hailed icons. At age 24, I left my career as an Accountant to become a Recruiter and today I run a successful Business Coaching business that I love! 

HOW TO BE HAPPY

At the heart of it all, you're on a search for happiness.

You're finding yourself to be unhappy with your tasks, your manager, the industry you're in... but unsure what change to make. I wish as your coach I could wave the magic wand and make your dream career come true, but it doesn't work that way.

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The search for the perfect job or the perfect career first begins within Y.O.U. 

Let's explore this further...

YOUR VALUES

If I asked you this, 'what are your 3 core values?' could you answer it? 

Your values are the lifeblood that make up your happiness. Exploring your values will lead you to identify what makes you tick and what drives your passion. Ultimately, the key essential things that make you feel fulfilled and happy. 

Values link to the way we make decisions in life. From a career perspective it'll help you think critically about the jobs we accept, that next promotion, the career we want to carve out for ourselves, the things we hold dear like family or flexibility AND which side hustle to begin.

If you don't know what your values are, never fear!

I've put together a super easy and quick workbook to help you work it out. This should take less than 5 minutes and it'll change your life. It's designed to help you have a much clearer perspective on how you tick and why you make the decisions that you do.  

DISCOVERY

Here's a little show and tell... my top values are:

  1. FAMILY

  2. HUSTLE

  3. TRIBE

  4. FREEDOM

  5. FUN

Now years ago, prior to my life in the recruitment biz, you could find me working in a windowless room filled with archive boxes housing 7 years of receipts. I was doing accounting and drowning in my own sorrow each day.

How did I end up here?

I'd take bathroom breaks to have a little cry sometimes. I hated going to work and the thought of another day in that tiny room was driving me crazy. On the walls around the office were proud company values boasting:

  1. RESPECT

  2. AUTHORITY

  3. FAIRNESS

  4. ACCOUNTABILITY

  5. FOCUS

Needless to say, my employer and I were simply not a match.  Here's what I mean... 

FUN made it easily into my top 5 values. Fun to me means I'm able to share a bad joke or two with my peers and managers - this was a huge no, no at my Firm. Being such a conservative and professional environment, having an inside joke with your peers and managers was perceived as unprofessional and was frowned upon. I felt caged and inauthentic. 

ALIGNMENT AND MISALIGNMENT

So once you have written down your values, think about how they link to your current role, industry and people you work with. Are you seeing alignment with your personal values. Or is there any clear misalignments?

When you find misalignment of values, what you've actually found is the answer to why you're feeling unhappy. READ THAT LAST SENTENCE AGAIN. PAUSE. REFLECT.

The misalignment of values can often lead to feeling a loss of control in your career. Perhaps you're feeling unsettled and feel you are faking your way through a career that you don't really like. 

ACTION

Before you start working on your side hustle, think about how your side business represents your values. This is what I mean by building a purpose-built side hustle. Something that is totally aligned with your values and your big ticket dream.

So go ahead and start the exercise. It may give you one of the ah-ha moments you need to help you gain clarity to #ownyourhustle. 

I'll leave you with this. Finding your values and discovering more about yourself and aligning it to what you want to work on will help you find more direction in your hustle. 

Ruby Lee