3 Ingredients for Career Satisfaction

Statistics show that over 70% of people are not satisfied with their career. That’s a lot of unhappy people! When I first heard this statistic, I had to admit that I was surprised.  Sure, I don’t see a lot of my neighbours skipping to work everyday…but I also didn’t think that this number would be quite so high.And as alarming as this is, it tells me two very interesting things. First, when it comes to career choice – few people get it right the first time.  And second, while career satisfaction may be difficult to achieve, it is not impossible  Think about it: if 30% of people are in love with what they do for a living – then there’s a chance that you can get into the club too!In my 6+ years as a Career Coach I’ve read a lot about career choice, career satisfaction, the relationship between success & happiness…  And basically, what I can boil it all down to is this:  crafting a truly great career requires that you honour 3 key personal ingredients… 

  1. Your Talents: aka your aptitudes or the things you’re naturally good at but maybe don’t even know it.
  2. Your Personality: the quantity and quality of interaction you want with the world.
  3. Your Purpose: what’s meaningful to you and what kind of contribution do you want to make in this world .

If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, I elaborate on these key ingredients in my FREE audio e-course.   But others may be thinking, “this isn’t really rocket science.”   Granted, maybe you’ve already figured some of this stuff out – through trial and error.  Or maybe you were forced to do a personality assessment as part of company retreat.  Maybe you even spent some time really contemplating what you want to do with your life.  That’s great!  But here’s the thing… knowing what it takes to craft the perfect career is very different than actually making it happen.  As my mentor – and arguable the greatest Career Coach ever – Nicholas Lore once said, “It takes committed, high energy, full-tilt boogie participation to have the kind of life you want.”  

And that’s really what coaching is all about: moving you from awareness to action.   A coach is your  sounding board when making choices, your motivation when strong actions are called for, and your partner in helping you achieve all of what matters most to you.   So if you want to be a member of the exclusive 30% club – let’s talk.  I like to boogie.

Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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