The Truth Behind Common Career Myths

Do you feel stuck in a job you don’t like? We often make up excuses to stay in jobs that make us unhappy, but regardless of what we tell ourselves, all of these stories boil down to fear.

Leaving the security of a job, especially during tough economic times, is a frightening thought – but so is continuing to work in a place that leaves you unfulfilled and unsatisfied.

We want to debunk some of the myths we tell ourselves around staying in a bad job.

Myth: Things are tough, so I can’t make a career change right now.

Truth: Sometimes negative events can be a catalyst for positive change.

Whether you’re experiencing tough times on a personal or global level, it can be difficult to think of adding a career change on top of those stresses. But sometimes tough times can reveal a new purpose or meaningful opportunity.

There are countless stories of people who have turned tragedy into something meaningful. It can be done. You just have to let yourself be open to the idea of change.

Right now we’re all experiencing one of the most challenging periods in history. We’ve seen a downturn in the economy due to COVID-19. While it’s true that fewer companies are hiring and there is more competition, the roles are still out there. There are companies that are innovating to adapt to the changing world. There are also companies who have seen an increase in demand during this time.

The key is making yourself stand out by highlighting your passions and skills. It may not be a quick or easy change, but don’t let fear be the thing that stops you from finding something better.

Myth: I’m just lucky to have a job.

Truth: It’s possible to be grateful for a job, but still not love it.

As we see unemployment rise and more companies go through layoffs, it’s normal to feel gratitude for what we do have. It’s also a good thing. There are proven benefits to expressing gratitude and it’s something that should be part of your daily routine.

But it’s also okay to be grateful for what you have while admitting you long for something better. Accepting what is because you know it could be worse is twisting gratitude into an excuse to hold yourself back. Allow yourself to strive for more. Do you know what you want? Do you have a dream job?

Myth: I can’t afford to leave my job right now.

Truth: You don’t have to leave your job (yet) to start the career transformation process.

Career transformation doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process that takes time and commitment.

Deciding you want to find something better doesn’t mean you have to quit your job tomorrow. It simply means you’re ready to start the process of identifying what kind of career will bring you joy, and what kinds of companies will value who you are. THEN taking the steps to find them and go after them.

What can I do to find a career I love?

Share On Purpose was created to help individuals find careers they love, and then support them as they grow into leadership roles doing that work. Find out about our available positions today.

Don’t let fear hold you back from finding happiness and fulfillment in your career!

Are You Considering a New Career Due to the Pandemic?

The pandemic has had a significant impact on each of our lives. Some effects are temporary, but many of the ways we’ve had to adapt will become permanent changes.

Several of the most prevalent changes are for employers and employees. These changes have encouraged or forced many professionals to begin a job search.

recent survey found more than half of Americans involved in career searches are doing so as a direct result of the pandemic.

That same survey also found that 61% of job seekers are looking to switch industries – particularly into technology and healthcare, as those industries continue to thrive.

Work-from-Home Jobs

Where and how we work has also been significantly impacted.

Pre-COVID, only 3.6% of employees worked from home at least half of their work week. Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics, has stated: “Our best estimate is that 25-30% of the workforce will be working-from-home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.

What Next?

Share On Purpose was built to be a place of possibilities. We have adapted to ensure we can continue growing, despite the challenges the world is currently facing. In addition, our unique portfolio model allows individuals to be exposed to different brands and a wide variety of work and clients, so you can decide what is the best fit for you.

If you’re interested in a joining a growing business, view our available positions.

Understanding How You Like to Work

For a truly meaningful career, you need to answer a few questions.

  • WHO do you want to work for? Which companies align with your values and will appreciate your contributions?
  • WHAT do you want to do? What role and industry do you want to work in?
  • WHY do you want to do it? How is this job fulfilling your purpose?
  • And less commonly considered, HOW do you like to work?

The who, what and why are questions most people think about when conducting a job search. You may not have answers to all of those questions, but they’ve most likely been a consideration throughout the process.

Fewer think about the how. If you’re constantly being asked to do work outside your comfort zone or that you find tedious, you’ll struggle to have success or happiness in your role.

The Career Personas

We have identified three career personas for how individuals like to contribute in the workplace. Determining the type of work you are naturally suited for will provide a new level of clarity and help you focus your career search.

The best part is that when you are in the right role, the company can see and appreciate your true value.

Everyone has a primary persona, although some do recognize parts of themselves in a secondary type. These types are Builder, Doer and Solver.

Builder 

As the name suggests, Builders enjoy creating. They like building programs and processes so they can create something new or make something better than it was. Once their task is complete, they’re ready to tackle another.

Builders are risk-takers as they tend to focus on what is possible, rather than the problem. They love a challenge and appreciate a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Because of this, Builders do well in start-ups and small businesses. They also make excellent entrepreneurs.

Doer

Doers are known for getting things done. They love a to-do list and knowing exactly what is expected of them.

Typically, Doers avoid change and risk, so they enjoy working in familiar and predictable environments.

Doers do well in larger businesses and corporate environments.

Solver

Solvers love problem solving, whether it be a business or personal issue. They sometimes even seek out problems, just so they can find a solution.

Solvers enjoy a good challenge but appreciate some degree of predictability in their work environment. They accept change and can take risks, if needed.

Solver can work in big or small businesses, as long as their role is focused around finding solutions.

Why It Matters

Each of the personas enjoys working in very different ways. Being asked to work in a role that doesn’t suit your natural working style will lead to frustration and hinder your ability to thrive.

When considering a career change, make sure you include your HOW along with your who, what and why.

Take this free quiz to determine your Career Persona and find out the unique value you could bring to a new organization.

Find a company that considers your HOW and puts you in a role doing work you’ll enjoy. Learn about our open positions here.

 

The Million Dollar Education

Share On Purpose is now a place of possibilities, but building this company was not easy. It was a lesson in perseverance through some very difficult times to ultimately find success.

I’d like to think of the early formation of Share On Purpose as a “million-dollar education” rather than a mistake, but at the time it felt very much like a HUGE blunder.

After selling a multi-million-dollar consulting business in early 2008, I decided to “invest” $500,000 in purposeful ideas with the goal of assisting entrepreneurs in bringing meaningful concepts to market.

From 2010-2012 we operated a business incubation program, launching 14 brands with 12 different entrepreneurs, including two brands (Succeed On Purpose and IGNITE On Purpose) that were my original ideas. Leveraging the Succeed On Purpose business training platform, we created a FREE 6-month business incubation program for purposeful entrepreneurs. At the end of the program, our management team determined if we wanted to invest cash in the incubated concept. These investments ranged from $10K to $100K in exchange for equity participation in these purposeful ideas.

We also provided office space, a CPA/Group Controller to manage accounting, and an operating team to help with the overall execution of the concepts. The aspiring entrepreneurs didn’t have to pay upfront for these resources. We assumed all risk, with the goal of earning distributions from equity positions that would eventually provide an investment ROI. The idea was simple: We only made money when everyone else made money, and we provided both the know-how and capital. A true win-win.

Perfect, right?

Wrong. Not only did I lose the $500K of initial investment but had to inject another $500K just to stay afloat. The businesses struggled to meet financial projections and many went under completely.

With spiraling negative cash flow due to infrastructure, we were forced to either exit each business at a huge loss, buy the business outright, or shut it down and assume the debt. Like I said, many would consider this a huge failure, but it was truly a million-dollar education.

  • Was it a million-dollar education on how to build businesses? Nope. I’ve built several successful businesses.
  • Was it a lesson on how to invest? Nope. I’ve made a lot of money investing in brands of all sizes.
  • How about an education in how to select entrepreneurial leaders? Nope. These were all wonderful people with great ideas.
  • Maybe it was a lesson in how to invest in start-ups? Nope. Not even that.

In fact, it wasn’t an education in anything related to business. It was a lesson in how NOT to quit.

One would assume that I would have already learned this lesson (how not to quit), as I’ve had a history of personal and professional challenges throughout my life. But this was different. It was bigger somehow. I’d never tried to do something this meaningful. I’d never tried to do something based on my purpose to inspire potential.

Learning how to stay the course when it gets tough isn’t all I learned about not quitting. What I learned was a hard-core lesson in the power of perseverance. Perseverance strengthens us. It prepares us for more.

Perseverance is an energetic force, and it’s through the energetic power of perseverance that we learn how to BE more as a path to having more. BEING more isn’t just about knowledge or experience. To BE more means that we’re able to access more of our potential. And, when we access more of our human potential, our dreams get bigger and our lives get better.

All great leaders, athletes, warriors, and entrepreneurs learn about perseverance. The only common denominator of successful people is perseverance. The refusal to quit. What most don’t realize, however, is that it’s not about quitting. It’s about tapping into the energetic power of perseverance. Every single person has an unlimited supply of perseverance, but only a few people know how to access it.

Ironically, the original dream for what is now Share On Purpose never changed. We’d set a bold vision in 2009 to build a place where great people did great things. We aspired to create purposeful brands that were game changers in their respective industries, with companies that were performance-based and leaders that were driven, yet purposeful.

Today, many people want what I have. They want to run an amazing portfolio of businesses and get to create brands that solve real problems. They want to attract amazing talent and develop them into world-class leaders, but not many people are willing to do what I’ve done in order to have their dream. Not because they are incapable, but because they haven’t learned how to tap into perseverance.

To access perseverance, you have to first realize that it is an energetic force, which means we access it. This force is already in us, waiting to be unleashed.

To access perseverance, we have to think in terms of “whatever it takes” or “find a way.” When life gets hard, it doesn’t mean that we should quit, it simply means we have to FIND A WAY. We have to think differently, learn something new, or look for a solution elsewhere. Or, sometimes we simply need to ask for help.

There’s ALWAYS a way to get what you want. Sometimes it’s persisting on the current path. Sometimes it’s finding another route. Sometimes it’s changing the approach altogether. But there is always a way.

At Share On Purpose, we have built a place where GREAT people do great things. The emphasis is ALWAYS on great people doing great things.

Share On Purpose hires driven, emerging leaders and we GROW them. With our emphasis on career development, we focus on preparing, teaching, mentoring and developing each individual into the role best suited to them. I like to say that we grow leaders who launch businesses. We teach these leaders about the power of perseverance and how to maximize their potential. We help them discover their passions and help them chart a course to go after big dreams.

We have multiple brands in our Business Cultivator today, and we’re looking for passionate leaders to launch these ideas. Also, many of our emerging leaders will soon get to create business concepts for us to cultivate. Through their passion and purpose, these leaders will identify world problems they want to solve. Working with our executive team, our emerging leaders will “Imagineer” ideas that will make the world better.

Pretty cool, right? Yes, if you can access perseverance. Perseverance strengthens, and when you access it, you’ll find a way.

Was the million-dollar education in perseverance worth it? Yep. And worth every penny.