Your Unique Genius

Happiness at work from being you

A wise man once said something like: there are some 7 billion people on the planet, and you are the only one who has your unique set of beliefs, experiences, attitudes and talents.  You are unique.  So why on earth are you trying to be like everyone else!!?

The reality we live in places great value on conformity.  But conformity will not bring you happiness at work – or anywhere else for that matter.  The only way you can conform is to become, in some way or another, less of what you are – to deny your individual, unique, one-in-7-billion genius.  To rob the world of that genius, too.  That simply cannot be the best way for you to serve the world, can it?

OK, so if the world wants you to conform, and conforming means you can’t serve the world at your best, what are you supposed to do?  You want happiness at work, and your boss doesn’t want you to be uniquely you – how do you square that circle?

Happiness at work by chucking in your job?

Well, one option is to pack in the job, and go solo – that way you can be yourself, can’t you, and totally indulge your uniqueness?  Well, in theory, yes – if you find customers who will value your genius.  The danger here is that you may find it harder than you thought to find the right kind of customers, so instead of conforming for a boss, you end up conforming to what prospective customers want.  Believe me, when the mortgage has to be paid and a prospect is asking if you do xyz work, you’ll take it, even when abc is where your true genius lies.

Make my boss responsible for my happiness at work?

Well, you could try.  But even if you’re working at a highly enlightened company, the chances of your boss truly understanding your genius are pretty slim.  It’s your genius, and it’s down to you to find ways to use it that are effective for your employer, and that bring you joy.  Using your Joyful Genius!

What if I can’t find happiness at work in this job?

It is quite possible that you can’t find a way to make the current job tick all three boxes that I talked about in my post on ‘Whole Work’ – what you do well (power), what you love to do (passion) and what you can get paid to do (profit).  So you may need to move on – either to a better job, or to start up something new – maybe in internet marketing or network marketing (both popular escape routes from corporate).

Just make sure you plan your exit carefully, and you ask yourself how you can use your one-in-seven-billion genius to bring your maximum value to the world, and to bring yourself true happiness at work.

About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of Joyful Genius Coaching, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The A to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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