Career Change By Knowing Your ‘Why’

Do you know the ‘why’ for your career? What drives you? Is it your need for significance or is it about contribution? Is it your loved ones, someone in particular? For instance, what drives me is my passion, helping people find careers they love through career change. My other ‘why’ is my six year old daughter.

Viktor Frankl in ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ stated that:
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”

Viktor Frankl’s book is cited by the US Library of Congress as one of the 10 most influential bo

oks of the twentieth century. Frankl considered that only the search for meaning holds the potential to bring about authentic enrichment and fulfillment that most people dream of from their work and their everyday lives. The ability to realize our “will to meaning” or our authentic commitment to meaningful values and goals is what guides us to tap into our human potential.

In your career change, what values and goals are you committed to and how do you ensure you remain committed to them? Is your current job or situation aligned with your personal values or are you unhappy with the career that you are currently in? Remember that only you can fulfill your deeply held values and goals.

Another of Viktor Frankl’s principal teachings is that we all have the freedom to choose our attitude to any event or circumstance that we face. Therefore, whether you are facing redundancy, dreaming of changing your career or depressed at your lack of work, choose to see this as a challenge that you can and will confront and overcome.

Make sure you live your life and work with meaning. To discover meaning in your work and to take the steps required to change your career, contact me at Ghazala@careerchangeat40.com and check out my signature Career Intensive program at www.careerchangeat40.com/signature-program.

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