Career Calling

February 3, 2013

Skills and Gifts

If you want to be happy at work, you need to align your work with skills you like to use.  I call these gifts.  We all have skills that let us do things that don’t make us happy.  Such skills are needed to do any kind of work.  However, gifts are those skills that bring us the most satisfaction and joy. For example, a surgeon enjoys the physical and mechanical skills that are involved in operations.  Conversely, a psychologist’s gifts are listening and motivating change.

Think about what you do that really makes you happy at work, the kind of activities that make you forget about quitting time or breaking for lunch.  Once you have identified your gifts, you’ve taken the first big step to being happy at work.

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