May – Rethink What You Want To Do vs. What You “Should” Do*

Are you doing the things you want to do? Or the things you think you should do? Sometimes, other people’s wishes tamp down our true desires for our jobs and careers. But dutifully fulfilling others’ expectations is unlikely to make you happy over the long run. To figure out what you’re truly passionate about, try this experiment:

  1. Identify one specific activity to examine, whether it’s something you’re unhappy with or something you want to grow and develop in.
  2. Take a quick inventory of your personal values and passions. What drives you? What would you love to do if there was nothing in your way?
  3. Compare your passions with the activity you’re examining. Is there any overlap between them? If not, it might be time to make a change — and to redirect where you focus your time and effort.

*Adaped from “Free Yourself from What You ‘Should’ Be Doing,” by Andy Molinsky and summarized by the Harvard Business Review.

The Management Doctor says:

I see too many planners and other government staff lacking passion so their passion and work are not in sync. If that is not you, you are fortunate and keep it going. For everyone else, try Andy’s three ideas above.

The Management Doctor