Look at the following list and answer honestly the extent to which your current role, either as an employee or freelancer, matches up:
- Work that is engaging
- Work that benefits other people
- Work that you’re good at (and feel valued for)
- Flexibility in how and where you work
- A lack of major negatives (e.g. long commute, unpredictable working hours)
- The chance for meaningful collaboration
I would wager that very few people could claim to be enjoying all six. I’m pretty close in my current position, I reckon, but of course it’s easy to quickly forget how privileged I am.
It’s easier to see how remote positions fulfil points #4 and #5 than being employed in a particular place to work certain hours. On the other hand, the second part of #3 and #6 can be difficult remotely.
My advice? Focus on on #1 and #2 as they’re perhaps the most difficult to engineer. As an employee, look for interesting jobs with companies that have a pro-social mission. And if you’re a freelancer, once you’re financially secure, seek out gigs with similar.
Source: Fast Company
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