How to improve your career by maximizing your Personal ROI

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Want to create a career that leaves you feeling energized and alive? Awareness is vital! Without a detailed understanding of what feels energizing, meaningful, and engaging, your only option is to make your best guess, dive in, and hope for the best.

When you have a greater understanding of where the juice comes from for you, you have an infinitely better ability to consciously make choices – both big and small – that steer your career in that direction.

One of the exercises I suggest in my ebook, The Occupational Adventure Guide, invites you to explore your “Personal ROI.”

Your Personal ROI is the return on investment you get on the time and effort you put into your work. It takes the common remuneration, like money, benefits, etc., out of the picture and asks, “if it weren’t about the money, what would it be about?”

Imagine you’re suddenly plopped down in a parallel universe, one where money isn’t used as an incentive. Instead, your pay comes from the feeling you get from the work you are doing. The most “highly paid” people in the work force are the people who have found a career that is deeply aligned with what is meaningful and fun for them.

As you picture that, ask yourself, “What would I do to maximize my pay? What would maximize the Personal ROI for my investment of time and effort?”

Explore that more deeply with questions like:

  • What kinds of things would you be doing? Why? (As in, what is it about doing that that would give you a high Personal ROI?)
  • What kind of difference would you be making? What is important/inspiring/compelling about that?
  • What kind of people would you be working with?
  • What feelings would I get paid in? What gives me those feelings?
  • What feels meaningful?
  • What do I care about?
  • When do I lose myself?
  • When am I at my best? Why am I at my best then?

The thing I love about this idea is that it removes the piece of the puzzle that tends to muddy things up for people – how much money can I make? – and focuses your attention on, “How can I feel the way I want to feel?”

Once you have a better understanding of that, you can apply that insight to building a career that lets you both thrive and feel alive.

Ask, “How can I experience more of that? Where are the opportunities to build more of that into what I do now? Where are the opportunities to move toward more of that in my career path?”

And then create that, step-by-step, choice-by-choice.

How about you? How would you maximize your Personal ROI?

Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM

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