An Exercise for Fulfillment in Any Job with Srikumar S. Rao

Take out your journal and start recording all the things in your current job or situation that are actually pretty good. You get a salary—even though you think it inadequate—be grateful for it. Is your boss a tyrant? Be grateful for the days when he or she behaves like a decent human being. Be grateful for small things—like the cold soda in the vending machine. Be grateful for big things—such as the opportunity to learn new things. As you make such a list, you'll be amazed at how many things in your present job are actually quite good. Pause and feel grateful for each and every one of them. Let this feeling envelop and flow out from you.

Now, pick an aspect of your work that you find fulfilling and decide that you are going to undertake a project to further amplify it. For the next month, do something every day that will help bring this about. If you do this for a year, you will find that you have actually completed several projects that increased some component of your job that you really like—that brings you alive and fulfills you. As you do this, you'll find that your job has changed completely. The benevolent universe will have arranged to take you a long way toward your ideal job.

Srikumar S. Rao

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Srikumar S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Louis and Johanna Vorzimer Professor of Marketing at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. He also serves as an adjunct professor at London Business School and...

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