“Love what you do.”
We hear this quote so often it has become cliché. Yes, yes, it’d be lovely if we could all love what we do, but does that mean we’re all supposed to go out and become a professional basketball player who wins an NBA Championship, an astronaut who walks on the moon, or an actress who wins an Academy Award? While those things might be great for some of us, it’s not a reality for most of us and, frankly, not even what many of us would want. (It’s possible I can’t shoot a basket, I’m afraid of heights, and I prefer the other side of the camera.)
What if, instead of quitting our jobs to chase after some intangible dream, every single member of our workforce could LOVE their job — the job they do now?
Conventional wisdom says work is supposed to suck, but is that true? We spend most of our waking hours at work. Should we really hate it? What if we could transform those long working hours from sucking to inspiring? What if you could show your clients how to be energized by their work, not drained by it? What if your employees woke up every morning excited to get out of bed and get to work?
Imagine how much more we could accomplish if we all loved our work.
That’s right. We — our workers, businesses, our society — would accomplish more with an energized workforce. Because when you love your work, you work harder, longer, and smarter. You think more deeply about challenges, you offer better ideas, and you collaborate more effectively with your colleagues.
It’s simple, really: When you love what you do, you do it better.
“That’s great,” you say, “But it’s an impossible ideal!”
In order to aspire to the ideal of loving our work we must move beyond the traditional view of “strengths.” These days, we equate “strengths” with competency, but simply put, “good at” isn’t good enough anymore. You might be “good at” adding up numbers, but if details make you want to curl up in a ball and take a nap, then managing the company’s accounting books won’t ever produce your greatest work, will it?
We must start thinking beyond simple competency and get to what fuels us. If we can find that intersection – where our competencies and energizers meet to form real strength – THEN we can help people align their everyday tasks to include the activities that they’re not only “good at” but that also leave them feeling fueled, re-energized, and ready to do more! That’s where we all achieve true sustainable peak performance.
Other assessments may help workers identify things they are good at, but Strengthscope® is the only one that helps people know exactly what fuels their greatest work. Because of this unique approach, Strengthscope® is not just “another thing” on your to-do list; it’s something that actually helps you cross off your to-do list faster and better by making your entire workforce excited to do the job.
We’d all like to love what we do. And loving work makes us work better.
It’s time. Together, let’s inspire a movement to #lovework.