Why Just A Job Is Never Good Enough

I gotta pay all these bills, but know I?m destined for more,? raps RonEssential in his new music video Now or Never. He then asks, ?But what good is the flame if it never ignites??

RonEssential is not the stereotypical rapper. He is a clean-cut, wire-framed glasses, button-down shirt wearing, ex-Fortune 1000 sales manager. A little over a year ago, he left a good paying job to write, produce and perform reality rap from a 30+ adult perspective. It was a big move considering he and his wife are planning for a family and have a mortgage to pay. ?He?s a homeowner? and ?. . . rapper with a 700+ credit score,? RonEssential proudly proclaims on his website.

When I had the pleasure of speaking to RonEssential a few weeks ago he reminded me of so many others I have coached over my career. He desperately wants to be all he can be by leveraging his innate talents, interests and passions. He wants to play the role he is meant to play in life. He wants to succeed in improving the lives of others and the world as only he can. He wants to go from good to great.

What RonEssential pursues is the correct position in the puzzle of life. Whether as an entrepreneur or employee at an organization, the right fit is key to real organizational and economic growth. Accepting anything less is embracing mediocrity.

The Problem

While the availability of jobs does appear to be heading in the right direction, worker engagement continues to be shockingly low with less than 14% of the global workforce reportedly engaged in their jobs.

Unhappy employees not doing what they do best or are passionate about don?t deliver all they can. This limits peak productivity and work quality and increases expenses related to waste, attrition, rehiring and retraining.

Thinking which perpetuates the mentality, ?shut up and be grateful to have a job,? will never produce optimum results for organizations or our economy. In fact, limited thinking like this stunts organizational growth and creates enormous economic debt.

Can Everyone Change The World?

People in the right jobs deliver the unimaginable at every level.

In the recently released movie, The Imitation Game based on a true story, the application of the mathematics excellence of Alan Turing effectively served to end World War II. Socially awkward, Turing?s shining ability was his talent and love for solving problems. Breaking the Nazi?s encrypted communication code was the ultimate problem and he was drawn to solve it. The one thing he did better than anyone else in the world, applied to the right job, achieved the seemly impossible and saved millions of lives.


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