Over the years I have realised that there are really only main five reasons why people do the work that they do – five core motivations behind your Joyful Genius.
Most people’s reasons for being fulfilled by work fall into what I call the 5 F’s:
- Fame – is extrinsic, and focused on self. By extrinsic, I mean it requires confirmation from outside of yourself. It’s about becoming known, or looked up to, somehow proving yourself to the world.
- Fortune – is also extrinsic, and self-focused. It’s about getting money or shiny new ‘stuff’ for its own sake, treating them as your ‘score’ for the game.
- Facilitation – is extrinsic too, but now you’re focused on others. It’s about providing a service to them, adding value, helping them achieve something they could not achieve by themselves.
- Flower – (another word for “Growth”, or self-actualisation) is intrinsic (internally validated), and focused on self. It’s all about learning and self-development, you flowering into the best you can be.
- Fire – is driven by a cause, a higher purpose. It’s intrinsic, and focused mainly on others. For many, it’s the real guide to true fulfillment.
And just because you don’t want to change the world, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a Joyful Genius – for many, the most important thing in their world is their family, friends or community, and that’s their Fire.
What are your core motivations for finding your work meaningful, fulfilling and joyful?