Does Your Career Path Have a Purpose?

I recently had a conversation with a man that is in a very unique situation. He is in the position of being near retirement age and is trying to decide what to do with the next few decades of his life. He doesn’t really need to keep working, since he has made good investment decisions throughout his adult life. In fact, with a few strategic moves, he could likely quit his job today and retire comfortably.

He is experiencing a couple of problems. First of all, he doesn’t really enjoy his job. The amount of work seems to keep increasing, and he has to travel too much. He is struggling with his health (perhaps a result of work stress) and he needs to take better care of himself. The big decision ahead for this business man is that he doesn’t know what to do with himself after he retires. He doesn’t have any hobbies, and he hasn’t really found something to occupy his time outside of work. What an interesting situation:

  • Plenty of money to retire
  • Unsatisfied with current job
  • Doesn’t know what to do after retirement
  • Continues working

Fortunately this man has the resources to give him time to decide what his retirement years will look like.  Do you know what you would like to do with the rest of your life? What would you do if you were in the same situation?

I would like to offer a possible starting point to discovering your purpose. If you are young, and in search of a plan for your career, then this resource will be very helpful for you.  If you are not currently doing work that you love, then this can benefit you as well.

What I am suggesting is that you take some time to analyze who you are and discover some things that you might suspect about yourself but maybe need some confirmation. One way to do this is to take a Personality Profile assessment. I have taken more than one of these in my life and found them to be very helpful. The DISC profile is available in this blog post, but there are others. The first time I took this assessment was about 20 years ago. Over the years I can see that it has remained a consistent reflection of who I am. I recently took another assessment and it closely resembled the DISC profile that I took two decades ago. We are created in a unique way, and we are designed to behave in certain patterns. There is a reason behind our actions, likes and dislikes.

In the Personality Profile, which uses the DISC assessment, it will give you 30 or so pages of information after you answer questions about yourself.  You will learn where you fit within four personality types that look something like this:

  • D – (Dominance)Often described as the Driver – someone who takes charge, seems to like authority, is direct and bold, and can be quite determined and competitive
  • I – (Influencing) Referred to as Expressive – This would be someone who is a good talker, can be fun-loving, impulsive and outgoing, creative and optimistic, energetic, likes variety and is a promoter
  • S – (Steadiness) Could be called AmiableThis type of personality would be loyal, a good listener, they would be calm and like routine, patient and sympathetic, reliable and understanding, and tend to avoid conflict
  • C – (Compliance) Is AnalyticalSomeone who loves detail, is logical, can be diplomatic and factual, they are deliberate and controlled, predictable, inquisitive and tend to resist change

Why is this helpful?  You are really providing yourself with data about you! It is helpful to see why you act the way you do and why you function best in certain relationships or tasks. When you have this information, it can give you some clues as to the type of work that you would find the most rewarding. When you are armed with this valuable information, you can make informed decisions or get some confirmation about dreams that you have had. You don’t have to wait until retirement to find your purpose or to find something fun to do with your remaining years. What’s more, the sooner you discover this valuable data, the sooner you can build a life around work that you love.

I encourage you to take this step of self-discovery. You will be glad you did!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!