So many give career advice that typically goes like this "Choose something you love to do and follow your dream". As the process evolves people frequently start questioning exactly for what they are searching. Many times the following queries arise.
- What would I want to do all day?
- What did I like or dislike about my previous work?
- What gives me the greatest professional satisfaction?
As is always the case, when you ask the wrong question, you will always get the wrong answer. The ramifications can be draconian especially on a matter as important as this.
I truly believe that loving your work is meaningless if you work in a toxic environment. I have counseled everyone I know when choosing a job, "Choose great people to work with in an environment of mutual respect and caring and forget the ideal job" You spend more time with those at work than with your friends and family, make sure you enjoy their company. Our existence is defined more by those with whom we interact than isolated work achievements. Steve Jobs is a great example of a business and design genius who will probably be remembered more by his coworkers, friends and family for being a tempestuous difficult person than his business acumen.
My website motto is "Making a Difference", and that means with friends, family and colleagues. Making a difference on a personal basis is far more important than making a difference in the professional world. When making career choices deeply scrutinize not the job or the pay but the people with whom you will be spending most of your day! When I reflect back on my life I find it highly unlikely I will be thinking about my great business deals, financial success or creativity in solving problems. I hope I will remember the smiles and laughter I have brought to others.
Nicolas Argy, MD, JD
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