We all want to enjoy our work and to find roles that use and develop our talents and enable us to be the best that we can be. But what exactly makes for a fulfilling career? Based on my own experiences in business, here are four things that I believe play an essential part in making work rewarding.
1 – Do Something You Love
Admittedly, this is sometimes easier said than done, but too often, people end up doing in jobs that they have no real interest in or, worse still, they actively dislike. The most successful and fulfilling careers come from being passionate about what you do. The most successful and fulfilling careers come from being passionate about what you do. And it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s no need to let a lack of experience or qualifications stop you from pursuing your dreams. Look for roles in your area of interest that offer training and development opportunities. Take Lawrence Lenzi, successful business owner and the latest winner of the Appco UK network’s Marketing Company of the Year award: in his blog, he admits that when he started in the business he was “terrible” at sales! I’m enormously proud of the fact that the global Appco Group network is built on developing people’s professional and personal skills so they can pursue the career they want. UK field representative Sophie Kola is benefitting from the Appco model in a different way. She’s using the flexibility of being self-employed to complete her studies, which is fantastic.
Whatever you do, pursuing a line of work that you are passionate about is the first step towards enjoying a fulfilling career.
2 – Stretch Yourself
Taking on new challenges at work can be daunting and it’s much easier to remain within your comfort zone, focussing on tasks that you feel confident and comfortable doing. But, while it may seem safe and appealing in the short term, failing to stretch yourself can in fact lead to dissatisfaction. You may end up feeling bored in your role and you might struggle to achieve the level of success you’re striving for. Rather than shying away from testing situations, it pays off to embrace them. This will help you to build on your skill set, increase your confidence and fulfil your potential.
3 – Be the master of your own destiny
Whether you are employed, self-employed or running your own business, you are the one who controls your ultimate career path and success. If you do set up in business for yourself, you may have more freedom to pursue your own ideas and reap the full rewards of your success, but no matter what type of role you are in, never lose sight of your goals. And remember, establishing your own company can be hugely rewarding, but it does require considerable effort, dedication and the ability to enable others to pursue the dreams!
4 – Make a Difference
A major contributor to a fulfilling career is the belief that the work you do makes a positive difference to the people around you. For example, being proud of the products or services that your company offers or that you represent makes it easier to show up every day and contribute to their production or promotion. And, speaking from experience, nurturing talent within your organisation and seeing others flourish is incredibly satisfying. On a more personal level, your job may help you to look after your loved ones, which I believe is just as – if not more so – rewarding as any professional or financial success.
With decades of experience as a business leader, Chris Niarchos knows exactly what it takes to build a successful career. As well as honing his skills as an entrepreneur, he has achieved considerable success on the race track. You can find out more about this, and get Chris Niarchos’ statistics, on the FIA GT Championship website.