What is your ‘Why’?

 13 Apr 2017

It is a fairly deep question and one that many might have not given much thought to.  The amazing thing about taking some time to consider your ‘why’ is that it can completely change how you approach your life. First though, what do we mean by your ‘Why’?

Think of it as your philosophy, purpose, or inner belief that inspires you to do what you do.

Have you ever asked yourself why you are on the career path that you are on?  Do you know why you are in the job that you are in at the moment?  Do you know why you want that promotion? Do you know why you want to achieve what you want to achieve in your career?

Sometimes the answer might not be what you were expecting, and these answers might lead to an unanticipated change of tack, but it is better to know your ’why’ from the outset rather than living an unintended career.    Are you looking for career progression to manage a bigger team?  Are you the opposite and want to just do your job and not have to think about it when you are not there?  There are no right answers to any of the questions that will undoubtedly arise from your initial ‘why’ question but gaining an understanding of your ‘why’ will allow you to build a career and life that you want.

Once you know your ‘why’, you can reverse engineer your career, making important decisions on career moves much easier along the way.  Be honest with yourself about your ‘why’ and don’t apply for jobs or take job offers for positions that go against your ’why’.

Thinking about your ‘why’ would also be useful when approaching interviews as hiring managers would be keen to hear about what motivates and drives you, and why you have made certain career choices in the past.  Speaking passionately about your 'why' with future employers will only strengthen your case for employment with them.  If it goes the opposite way, then that company cannot represent your 'why' and you would have saved yourself some valuable time and effort.

What is your 'why'?  Let us know in the comments below.

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