We’re all on an endless quest for happiness, aren’t we?
And there are certainly career benefits to pursuing this endeavor. Harvard Business Review reports that happy people are 31% more productive, have 37% higher sales, and are three times more creative than their peers.
When I was in college, I stressed a lot about whether the career I chose would be fulfilling. I’d seen plenty of people who were miserable in their jobs, and I wanted none of that. As I sought advice from friends and family, I was frequently told I should “do something I love” or “pursue my passion.” None of that advice resonated though because I didn’t yet know what I loved, and I worried that I’d never figure it out.
My path hasn’t been a straight line, and I’ve had my fair share of setbacks, but I’ve learned a lot along the way.
By asking myself the following five questions throughout my career, I’ve been able to pinpoint causes of my discontent and determine what changes I needed to make to be happy.