James Altucher just wrote an article entitled the 10 Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job in 2014. Talk about a title that catches your attention. He is a supporter of entrepreneurs and is encouraging readers to take control of their own lives and not leave their destiny in the hands of others.
He asks a question that really made me stop to think: Is Your Job Satisfying Your Needs? Great question. Here is what he has to say:
I will define “needs” the way I always do, via the four legs of what I call “the daily practice”. Are your physical needs, your emotional needs, your mental needs, and your spiritual needs being satisfied?
The only time I’ve had a job that did was when I had to do little work so that I had time on the side to either write, or start a business, or have fun, or spend time with friends. The times when I haven’t is when I was working too hard, dealing with people I didn’t like, getting my creativity crushed over and over, and so on. When you are in those situations you need to plot out your exit strategy.
Your hands are not made to type out memos. Or put paper through fax machines. Or hold a phone up while you talk to people you dislike. 100 years from now your hands will rot like dust in your grave. You have to make wonderful use of those hands now. Kiss your hands so they can make magic.
One can argue, “not everyone is entitled to have all of those needs satisfied at a job.” That’s true. But since we already know that the salary of a job won’t make you happy, you can easily modify lifestyle and work to at least satisfy more of your needs. And the more these needs are satisfied the more you will create the conditions for true abundance to come into your life.
The phrase “you need to plot your exit strategy” really pops out at you. Do you feel stuck in your job? Are you in a position that not only doesn’t satisfy you but also adds undo stress and tension?
Then maybe you do need to plot your exit strategy for 2014.
You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. ~Erica Jong
The first step in the process is thinking about what that career might be that satisfies you on the four levels James talks about:
What does that look like?
In my book The Working Woman’s GPS – I offer up a few “personal inventory” suggestions for assessing where you are today and where you want to be. In order to create a strategy that leads to the life we want to have, we must first assess the people, circumstances and skills that we surround ourselves with today. Which ones bring us satisfaction – positive energy – and which ones are drains on our very being?
To help you get started – click here for the PDF of the Purposeful Woman – Personal Inventory Guide.
Take your time and complete the guide. You may be surprised by what you learn about the people you surround yourself with and the energy they bring into your life.
Interested in another exercise? Check out the article entitled How to Measure Personal Success with Satisfaction.