Dave Pollard writes a great overview of “Your Genius At Work”, with some pragmatic comments of his own. If you’re not familiar with “Your Genius At Work”, it is a book that helps you identify what you are good at, and what you love, and try to help you find a combination of the two that will work for you. I haven’t read it yet, but I will.
Anyways, take a look – he’s got a great diagram and some thoughts to help get you started. I think he also identifies the trickiest problem in all of this – how to find the job/opportunity that actually helps your passion and your skills come together.
He also asks about people who have found fulfilling work, and if so, to tell people what you discovered. I’ve been thinking about it for the last few minutes, and I think I do feel pretty fulfilled overall, even if the job can be frustrating. So here’s my experience:
- I’ve worked in startups for the last 9 years, and I find startups to be much more fulfilling than large company jobs, because the value I bring to the organization is clear, significant and generally recognized.
- Over the last 4 years, inspired by a number of sources, I’ve started writing novels in my spare time (I’m putting my first online here, I just finished my second on May 14th). The discipline and excitement involved in creating something that large has been wonderfully fulfilling, as well as the ongoing sense of improvement in my writing skills.
- I have an experimental side business – Bellygraph, which is a great learning experience for me, as well as fodder for a number of posts here on PicoBusiness
- I have another experimental side business with some friends, which is also a great learning experience, and even more fulfilling than Bellygraph, since it is a shared excitement.
- I believe that I am setting a great example for my kids, that they do not have to live as cogs in a big machine – that they can strike out and find their own way. What could be more fulfilling than that?
In short, I have found fulfillment by taking a meaningful job, and spicing it up with a bunch of personal initiatives that give me paths to self improvement, and potential opportunities for new forms of income, all the while giving me the sense that I am doing right by my children by taking this path.