What Would You Do

in Art of Listening, Cultivating Clarity
What do you want

 

Have you ever been somewhere, or with someone, and silently asked yourself, “What am I doing here?”

It was another Monday morning meeting when Steve had this very thought resonate within his mind like a repeating chorus in a pop song.  “What am I doing here?” Steve thought to himself over and over as Janice, the Vice President of Sales, was discussing quarterly revenues about a tech product he wasn’t that crazy about.

Steve had been with the same Fortune 100 technology company since he graduated with his Masters in Business six years ago. And even though he was now a team manger with his own corner office, he didn’t feel like he belonged. He felt like something was missing.

Later that day, Steve met with his good friend Nicole at their favorite pub in the Distillery District of the City. As they were talking about their day, Steve suddenly said, “I feel like my job is sucking the life out of me!”

He paused, and then added, “Don’t get me wrong, Nicole. I love the fact that I have moved up the corporate ladder, have a leadership position and earn a pretty good salary. But still something doesn’t feel right; I feel out of place. I want to be doing something else – something that resonates with who I am.”

Nicole placed her pint of craft beer on the table and asked, “Steve, if money wasn’t a factor, what would you like to do?”

“I’m not sure. Well, I mean, looking back I think I mastered in business management because I believed it was the right thing to do. I knew that it would please my dad and the job prospects looked really good too.”

“Yes,” Nicole interjected. “But you still haven’t answered my question, Steve.”

“I know. And maybe it’s because I’m scared of what I’m feeling. You see, Nicole, when I was growing up, I loved playing sports. Hockey, soccer, volleyball and mountain biking were all passions of mine. I lived to play.”

“And now I wonder if I would have spent my time better in university if I had studied something like kinesiology or sport medicine. Perhaps I should be thinking about how I might craft a career in this area rather than spending my time in a business that focuses on technology and sales.”

“Well, if that’s the case, if you could only do one thing in your life right now, what would you do?” Nicole asked Steve with a twinkle in her blue eyes.

“Great question!” Steve responded.

“And the simple answer is, I would go back to school and study sport medicine. I’m even thinking I would like to become a chiropractor, start my own practice and have a wellness clinic that focuses on working with young athletes.”

“But here’s the scary part, how do I pay for it? How do I keep paying for my new sports car and my loft apartment – which I love, by the way – if I go back to school full-time?”

Today’s Unitas Project:

  • If you were Nicole, how might you respond to Steve’s last question? What could you say that might help him tap into his own resourcefulness with the matter at hand?
  • What would you do if you were Steve?

Until next time…
Be You. Be Unitas.

Carl

 

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  • Rhody’sphere

    Steve should pursue his education part time like I did… I am creative, science minded, love learning and I enjoy helping people, I was employed in health care, human services with children through geriatric and I wanted to stay in health care but something was missing… Science and creativity. What attracted my attention was diagnostic imaging, Xray in particular.
    I applied and attended a private hospital based school program part time Eve’s. Every eve for 3 yrs and then another 3 to finish my bachelors in the science also part time Eve’s… So it can be done… Work days, school Eve’s as long as possible and take semester leaves when day attendance is required for the program.. Your work should allow for an educational leave or maybe just a schedule adjustment.
    I worked a weekend job too by the way so that two jobs and. School 5 Night with clinical hours mixed.
    I have been working in the field already ten years and I love my work!

    • http://unitasproject.com Carl Feddema

      Thank you for sharing some of your life story with us. It is a great example to how having a vision for what you want empowers you to live with clarity of purpose and action in the the present moment. It’s as leadership expert John C Maxwell stated, “What we do today will determine who we are tomorrow.”