Sustainability as a Career Strategy
The “sustainability” movement’s focus on energy conservation, recycling and responsible stewardship of resources actually has relevance for career planning. Because success at work requires a great deal of energy, sustaining careers – like sustaining the ecology of our planet – requires recognition of our personal energy resources and consideration of their use, renewal and re-purposing. That idea inspired the work and name of my company.
Mining our Energy Resources
So, what are these personal energy resources? I’ve found those “natural resources” are our intrinsic interests, motivations, talents, dreams and passions. Engaging in work that involves skills we enjoy using in our own unique style, harnesses our inherent energies and gives us the strength and resilience, fitness and fortitude to keep moving forward – our sustainable advantage in an ever-changing, world.
The Key to Our Competitive Advantage
Feeling energized at work yields on-going, top-quality performance. Being merely content at work is not enough. Keen interest and motivation become catalysts for drive, sharper mental focus and the effort needed to “think outside the box”. They promote, not only, results, but creativity and innovation – the noted critical, valuable qualities for the 21st Century. The energy that fuels our vitality and imagination is re-generative for us and can even become transferrable or renewable energy for others who feed off that “power” and get “charged” themselves.
Make it Happen!
If you’re not sure what sparks your energy or how to harness it for your career, consider meeting with me -- or another career specialist. As with the environmental movement, the investment of time and money can yield new alternatives and empowering results. I’ve watched clients embrace (with energy and enthusiasm)* the insights from our work together, their new plans for the future, and then move forward into meaningful, sustainable careers. It’s time!
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The work one does is always in the service of others -- meeting the needs of others. I encourage everyone to make their career their own unique creative expression.