Wow, today is the 30th day of the #90DaysToMyDreamJob challenge! I’m 1/3 of the way through and already a lot has happened. Though I don’t have my new dream job yet, I’ve grown and learned so much.
I’ve given my personal and professional reasons for starting the challenge, I’ve gotten (quasi) poetic, controversial, personal, and downright zany. Yet each time I’ve clicked ‘published’ on my posts in an effort to get closer to achieving my career goal, I’ve also sincerely hoped I’ve inspired and helped you consider your own career development. So many of you have written me words of encouragement and even offered to connect me with those that may lead me to my dream job. I am so grateful to all of you.
Writing for you and hearing your similar career struggles reminds me why I love the work that I want to do: helping employees become the best leaders they can be. Every employee has the capacity to be a great leader. And, at the very least, it’s our duty to be the leader of our own lives. The work we do in our careers isn’t only about what we get done throughout the years, but also about the people we become. When companies recognize this and make a point to positively influence their employees, magic happens.
There are countless surveys that show that people leave bosses, not companies. I know I’m biased for sure with my love for all things leadership, but I have witnessed too many times in my career the negative effects of poor leadership. Employees are miserable and unproductive (or in HR circles ‘disengaged’) attrition rises and eventually, though management too often turns a blind eye to the connection, profits fall.
At the end of this #90DaysToMyDreamJob challenge, I want to formally be working on helping people to either become the best they can be in their jobs or inspire them to take the risk and do the work to find their own dream job. We too often ignore the adage that life is too short to waste our precious time doing work that doesn’t have meaning to us, but it’s imperative that we finally listen.
Thank you for going on this journey with me.