The call to do meaningful work is real for all people. We have observed individuals in all kinds of business situations who are working in positions in which who they are is not what is needed. They have sufficient skills to do the tasks, but the tasks do not connect with their Core Values Nature.
Those who are not in jobs that align with their core nature cannot easily and continuously compete with those whose core values are fully engaged and aligned with the same required tasks. This creates a steady reduction of self-respect in the person doing tasks that are not aligned with his unique Core Values Nature.
From the perspective of both psychology and business, we have demonstrated that when we are able to move a level C or D performer in a current job to a job in which the tasks align better with the person’s Core Values Nature, better than 85% of the time this individual (same skill level and sometimes lower skills than others in this new job) will quickly become a B or even an A player in this new position. Why? His core values now align with the tasks of his new job
The good news is that there is a job where the Grass IS Greener for each of us.
The bad news is that it isn’t likely that we are going to get a better job any time soon, if we continue to make our search and our employment decisions the same way we have in the past.
You have to bring your real self and the nature of your real self into your consciousness and learn enough about yourself to get the idea that you are naturally wired to operate in certain ways, and that the preferred mode of operating is hard wired in you, not adopted like your persona— your personality—for better consumption by others.
Finally, once you have a clear picture of your true nature, you will be able to find your wired-in calling to make certain kinds of contributions through certain kinds of strategic behavior. This correlates directly and absolutely to the tasks you feel good about doing all day long.
Most people discover their dream job through the hit and miss process that each of us employ when we are young; try this job, get permission to quit being part of its move on to my own next job experiment. But that leaves the majority of us still waiting for the odds to turn in our favor. Most give up eventually and surrender to a life of drudgery and quiet resignation. We are meant to live a life that is flourishing and fulfilling and delightful.
The responsibility of an adult is to take this life assignment seriously, to set out intentionally to discover your Real Core Values Self, and to put yourself into a job that aligns with your deepest, most dominant core values. We are charged by our own spirits to continue searching for the position in which we can make our highest and best contribution, by being ourselves, by delivering our core values into society through application of our best skills, strengths and aptitudes.