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Why do you do what you do?

Do you ever sit down, clear your mind of every unnecessary thought, and just ponder what you do professionally and why?

Sometimes–-or maybe all the time--we are so busy with meetings, deadlines, and “getting out of work on time,” that we lose sight of what we do and why. Don’t get me wrong, meetings, deadlines, and a healthy work-life balance are important and deserve our attention, but if you are anything like me, you may never give yourself the time to be proud or appreciate what you do.

One of the things I have been focusing on lately is when things start to feel a little out of balance, or I start to feel myself losing excitement when I walk in the office, I remind myself of my “why” behind what I do.

What is your “Why” behind what you do? Challenge yourself with these questions!

  • Why do you get up and go to work in the morning?

  • Why did you apply to this particular job?

  • What brings you joy in your role?

  • Why do you put in extra hours on certain days?

  • When do you leave work feeling fulfilled?

  • How are you impacting others?

When you chose your career path, you had a reason--maybe it was a passion for making money, serving others, being successful, mentoring, or another reason. Think back and remember your original “why.” Maybe it's changed over the years. Once you find it, keep it close and write it down where you can see it at work.

When the days seem long or the work becomes stressful, my “why” is receiving feedback from our clients that they are thrilled with their new hires that our company submitted as candidates, or when a Talent Branding Campaign brought a client 50% more candidates than they interviewed the previous month, or when a job seeker exudes joy over the phone for being considered for a job opportunity. That is why I do what I do.

What about you?

Victoria Garlough

Client Success Representative, Eden Resources LLC

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