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If I'd Known Then What I Know Now...

by Karen Trent
(New Jersey)

Suzie, I found out how true my Workplace Motivators results were when I had to make a career change. Unfortunately I didn't take this assessment until after I'd made all sorts of mistakes - but at least now I know.

I'd been a job coach for a federal agency. I loved it. I did it for 10 years - my highest workplace motivator is: Social/Altruistic (the Helping Others Soul)

I love to meet, talk with, share, care and help others. And that's what I got to do for 10 years. I woke up eager most every day and kind of took it for granted that I just feel good about my work because it was such a good fit for me and what I care about.

Then our Agency had some layoffs. I was 'lucky' in that I got a promotion. I had to move to another Branch where I was to collect money from employers.

At first I was excited about all the new stuff I got to learn - my second highest motivator is: Theoretical (the Learner's Soul) - so I love to learn too. As mentioned the position was considered a promotion - I was now making more money.

Well guess what? I lasted a year... and it was the longest year of my life!

The people and the job in this new promotion were all motivated by enforcing the rules/system (high Traditional/Regulatory - the Process and Order Soul) and money (Utilitarian/ Economic - the Business Person's Soul). Both areas which are low for me on my Workplace Motivators report.

Just because I'd been in the Agency for 10 years, didn't mean I would last... The new position did not allow me to voice and be my passion. And the end-results of the tasks assigned to me were not in alignment with my motivators.

Bottom line, the old saying goes, "If I'd known then what I know now..." I'd never have moved into that new role. I spent a lot of time and money (the Agency's) doing things that made me miserable. It was even more painful for me because I knew the difference between being motivated and just getting through the day, for 10 years I'd been a good match to my job, motivator-wise.

It's interesting to me that I did not really understand this about myself, and I didn't know how to make the best decisions for my own happiness until AFTER I experienced the pain of low motivation and high stress on the job. It seems so obvious to me now - my Motivators assessment helped me figure it all out.

I'd have saved myself a lot of time and headache if I knew then what I know now. But, it IS good to know now - I now know how to focus my time and career search efforts. Thanks for all the free information you provide @ this... it's really helping me.



Thank you for taking time to share. The great thing about experiencing what we don't want is that we know more clearly about what we do want!

I know you'll find the work that makes your heart sing, you know what it looks and feels like - so I am sure it is coming again for you.

Thanks so much for being a part of the Wake Up Eager Community.
All the Best, and More!

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