In my career coaching work with professionals, I often hear the same complaints:
- "I don’t know what I want."
- "I feel like I’m missing something."
- "I'm just not happy!"
Understanding Your Career NeedsMany people think of work as something that fulfills their physical needs — it gives them a paycheck, which provides food and shelter. Sometimes, if they’re lucky, it also fulfills some portion of their mental and social needs. It challenges them a little and makes them feel like part of a group. These are, what I consider, the “lower level” career needs: the things that, when missing, are noticeable and painful. But simply having them isn’t enough to motivate us. By themselves, these things aren’t truly fulfilling. Few people think about the deeper potential of work—the real, soulful fulfillment—until they realize they simply aren’t happy and they can’t figure out why. The spiritual component is often what’s missing. Now, this isn’t a religious idea. When I say “spiritual,” I’m simply referring to “the needs of the spirit.” These can be broken down into five key areas: