Few months ago, I wrote about how mind numbingly dissatisfying I found my job. The pay sucked, the working hours were outrageous and coworkers crazy annoying. And even though I rather prefered to do something different, I just couldn’t bring myself to quit because somewhere in the recess of my mind– the part that wasn’t plagued by all the displeasures I felt– I knew I was in the right place. I just didn’t know why it was the right place to be.
But sometimes while searching for something else, we find things we didn’t know we were looking for.
We have been equipped with the perfect tools to achieve our purpose. They don’t have to be tools you like or things people generally approve of like an awesome positive personality and a never die attitude, they just have be what was tailor made for you to identify needs and solve problems–which is man’s ultimate purpose.
Finding the right environment to develop your inherent skill is akin to sowing the biblical seed on good soil. There you have the best nourishment to grow and be of use to yourself and others. An apple seed is just that: a seed. Sown in the wrong climatic conditions–despite the perfect soil type– it’ll dry up. Placed in the right environment and in the right soil, it grows into a tree and serves it’s purpose.
So how do you know you’re in the right environment?
Know yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? They could be interchangeable depending on where/how applied.
Impact. Does your current environment bring out the best in you positively?
Growth. Are you provided with constant nourishment to help you grow? This could come as challenges that draw you out of your comfort zone and being surrounded by like-minded people.
Happiness. Is there any aspect of what you do that gives you even the slightest moment of happiness?
Why does it make you happy? Is it significant in the grand scheme?
For me knowing that I was in the right place came with the knowledge that my natural tendency to want to be of help to people and inherent ability to pick out everything wrong with a system first, before seeing what was working perfectly, made me a perfect fit for my job. I was in the right place because not only did it hone my abilities, it made me a great help to people and their businesses.
While in my personal relationship with others, subconsciously seeking everything wrong was harmful, in my professional life it was the perfect personality needed. Now all I need do is make the necessary adjustments to the former.
Perhaps you’re still stuck thinking of possible ways to alter your personality because you don’t think it cool? Hold on a moment. In the right environment, your supposed weakness could turn around to being the strength someone needs and could give you self-fulfilling life.
Just like economics teaches us the relationship between ends(needs) and scarce means(resources) with alternative uses, our inherent resources have alternative uses too. Discover them.