We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill
One of the reasons why we are dissatisfied with our working lives is because we’ve built our career around what we can get, rather than what we can give.
This may seem counterintuitive given that the reason we work is mainly to earn an income but research has shown that we are happier when we give.
So if you aren’t feeling fulfilled in your current role, consider how you can find opportunities in the 9 to 6 to give to people around you, whether it be advice to a new colleague, buying a friend lunch or even participating in (or organizing) CSR activities.
Alternatively consider how you can build “giving” aspects into your role profile. It could be taking up coaching assignments for new staff, volunteering (rather than being “volunteered”) for work projects or taking the initiative to find opportunities to improve the work environment for your team.
We were design to give and learning to go with that will help to increase fulfillment in your work life.