Is work for you just a way to pay the bills? A climb up the ladder to more money, power and status? Or is it about fulfilment and making a positive difference?
Traditionally, work for most people has been mainly about two things.
The first, a means to an end to make money to live and support loved ones. There it doesn’t really matter what the job is about. What is important is that it pays. Success here is mainly about safety. Making sure you have a roof over your head. That you can eat and pay for the essentials. And if possible have enough extra money to go on vacation.
The second is a career. Here what is important is climbing the ladder to the top. The main motivation is getting the next promotion - so that you can get higher up the hierarchy. The idea is that success is all about status and power. The focus is to have a ‘good career’. And the holy grail is to become the boss and have a good standing in society. Then you have ‘made...
My overall mission is to support the creating of a sustainable world in which we can all flourish.
Sometimes it feels like a bit of a hopeless cause - especially at the moment with what is going on in the world. That is why I constantly explore what it means in practice - in my everyday.
I contribute by catalysing new conscious leaders that care about planet, people, profit and progress. I help them succeed in their quest for meaning and positive impact.
A new way that I am exploring is by strengthening my relationship to the planet itself. I live in the mountains in beautiful Switzerland. So nature is already a big part of my life. It takes the form of beautiful views, hikes, hot springs, skiing, swimming in the lakes.
But I want to go deeper into that relationship. And so I am starting a new practice. It will help me to align with the creative rhythm of the planet. Sustainability involves understanding how the planet creates, births and regenerates. It is constantly...
I love the word to craft. I prefer it to just create or find. I like its depth and its multiple layers. It reflects the different levels we must travel to find our ideal work. It provides a much more rich approach to creating and evolving our livelihood.
Craft in its essence is about making things.
'To Craft' reminds us that we are here to make something. Applied to our work, it gives depth. A job becomes not just about making money but about how we leave our mark. It reflects back to us that our work makes the world we live in.
'What are you making today through your work?'
Craft is about special skill.
When you are looking for the work you are really here to do, that is what you are looking for. What is that special skill or thing that only you can do? There is only one of you. You are a unique combination of genes, experiences, knowledge, skills and potential. There is...
Many people ask me: ‘How do I find who I really am and what I am here to do?'
I tell them that it is not something you have to find. It is something you simply need to remember. You see you used to play at it when you were a child…
What did you used to play at as a child?
So take a journey with me…go back in time... reflect back for a moment to you as a child...
What did you used to love to play at? Not just when you were fitting in, but when you got to choose. Did you used to play with others? Did you prefer to be alone? What did you love most?
I used to play 3 games: Magic Potions, Saving The World, and Mirror Speaking.
Magic Potions meant taking my dolls to this secret place in my grandmother’s garden so that they could rest and take time for themselves. There I would feed them strange mixtures of violet water, pine needles and gravel to make them feel happier.
Saving The World involved my bike. I would peddle as hard as I could, guiding people...
If I told you that this was it - this was the end of your journey, would you have any regrets? Would you feel that you had made the impact you wanted to make? I faced this question not once, but twice and both times it changed my life. The first time was on 10th December, 1999...
In my previous post, I talked about the 5 signs that show that you are at a career pivotal moment. This post today is about what career pivotal moments are really about.
What Will You Regret?
So here I was a lawyer - successful on the outside. But feeling like something was missing on the inside. I was trying to avoid these uncomfortable feelings. I was hoping that pushing them down or distracting myself would be enough. That they would go away. But none of it was really working.
Luckily for me it all came crashing down...
On 10th December 1999, my life changed. I found myself in the hospital as a result...
This is the first part in a 3 part blog series on Career Pivotal Moments - What they are, how to recognise them and what to do about them.
Why it matters is that you can’t navigate pivotal moments just like any other career crossroads. It is not as simple as getting your CV together and calling up a headhunter.
What My Pivotal Moment was Like...
At my career pivotal moment, I was a successful lawyer in the City of London. I thought I had made it. I had ticked all the right boxes of success. I had the great career, the very nice salary, the lovely apartment, the right lawyer boyfriend. I should have felt happy and fulfilled. But I wasn’t. Underneath it all I had this nagging feeling that something was missing. I just couldn’t work out what that was.
It made no sense. I tried to ignore the feeling that something was not quite right. I kept thinking ‘maybe it is just a little bit of stress and it will...