Carrying on the theme of the challenges we all face in our work, here’s an important question for you: How does your work help other people with the challenges they face?
You may have come across the “Whole Work” model, which says that there are three essential elements to work that qualifies as your Joyful Genius – you are naturally talented at it, you absolutely love doing it, and you can get properly paid for it. If you haven’t seen the model, pop over here for a quick video explanation: Three Keys To Job Satisfaction (opens in a new window).
The first two elements, what you do brilliantly (your Power) and what you love to do (your Passion) are mainly about you, and your relationship with your work. But the third element is ALL about other people, and how well you serve them – in other words how well you make their lives better by solving their challenges for them. That’s the only sustainable way you get properly rewarded – by genuinely and consistently making other people’s lives better. By changing their world for the better.
Think about the people you happily pay large sums to do things for you. Are they the chancers who do a passable job? Are they the people who do stuff that you don’t really care about one way or the other? Are they the people who are completely anal about their specialism and want to do it their way, the “right” way, all the time? Or are they the flexible people who reliably create exactly the outcomes you need, with exceptional dedication and professionalism, because it’s stuff that really matters to you – that makes a big difference to your life?
So … if you want people to happily pay you large (or even larger) sums, and to be so delighted with the results that they go and tell all their friends and colleagues about you, you need to be making a difference in an area that is exceptionally important to them, you need to be doing it exceptionally well, and you need to be exceptionally enjoyable to work with.
Give this some thought: what can you do to make your customers’ lives even better than you do right now?
And when you have thought of something – why not make a commitment to it, by posting it as a comment below.
Go on, I dare you!