What makes a rewarding, fulfilling career? I keep three things in mind: being challenged every day, making an impact, and working with delightful people. Keep these three keys in mind, and you’ll never wake up and dread going to work a day in your life.
These three factors are what I want for myself, and I strive to recruit people who want them too; and to create a workplace and career path that provides them. Life is just too short to consider work as separate1 from life; it’s a third of life after all. In a bit more detail:
In addition to making a career rewarding, these are also the defining characteristics of how to learn what you want to do in life, your true vocation. This is often very confusing to young people, not least because our society sends illogical messages to them about how to find or create their calling in life. Two related articles, one by Glenn Kelman and one by Paul Graham. They are both worth considering deeply. What does Glenn mean when he writes this?
Often now, I meet young people who want to be something more than they want to do something. What they really want, not unreasonably, is to progress in their career. What they don’t realize is that this progression will end, but their career won’t.
The company I founded, VividCortex, has four Core Values: growth, empathy, pragmatism, and inclusiveness. Hopefully it’s obvious how the three attributes of a great career, and how I use those to attract the best and keep out the rest, align with these four Core Values. If you’re interested, we’re hiring.