Far too many people toil away in jobs that leave them dissatisfied. To avoid — or remedy — an unhappy job situation, find a position that allows you to do three things:
- What you like to do. If what you enjoy doing most is useful, it ought to be part of your career.
- What you do best. Many people spend years trying to improve areas of weakness. Focus your energy on mastering what you’re good at.
- What is valuable to the organization. Figure out how your particular strengths can be used to better your company, unit, or team. A sense of contribution will make you feel more engaged.
If your current role doesn’t fulfill all three, talk with your manager about changing some of your responsibilities. If there is a real mismatch, consider switching organizations or careers.
Source: Harvard Business Review – Management Tips of the Day