My first call of the day came from someone I’ve known for several years from a hockey playing perspective but we've never before shared a conversation from a business perspective.
I’m not assuming that John is worn out; he told me he is worn out. In fact, he told me what my wife suggested I should stop staying. John told me that he doesn’t know what he wants to do when he grows up. I’ve said that before and my wife has previously suggested that some people might be offended by the statement. I've made this statement because I run into people all the time who have not invested time and energy to discover how they're built in order to determine the kind of work they should be doing.
From here, I brought the idea of strengths psychology into the discussion. I didn't come up with this term. It is Donald O. Clifton PH.D. who is known as the Father of Strengths Psychology. Dr. Clifton’s research suggests that people who align their strengths with their chosen work are up to 6 times as engaged in their work.
John has been settling for a job that he “can” do versus aligning his strengths with work he “should” do.