“There is an entire section in our bookstores called “self-help.” What we really need is a section called “help others.”
To get a better job, you may not need to switch jobs at all. There is one thing you can do that will not only help you find greater fulfillment, meaning, and satisfaction in your career — you will also be helping the people around you create the same. We feel our greatest achievements of success not when we accomplish something for ourselves. We feel our greatest achievements of success when we enable others to accomplish a goal that matters to them.
If you want to get a better job, first and foremost, take charge of your own lot. If you wish to feel more engaged, fulfilled and happy at work, make it your obsession to help the people around you find more engagement, fulfillment, and happiness in their jobs. Create it. Not simply for you. Create it for the people around you.
As the proverb states, when you row another person across the river, you get there yourself. We all have the opportunity to choose to be the leader we wish we had. When we choose to show up to serve the people around us, we become a leader. Regardless of our rank, title or position, we become a leader.
The only requisite of being a leader is followers. A follower is someone who willingly chooses to go where you are going. They believe in you because you believe in them. They trust you because you trust them. They want to go where you are going.
We do not need to leave our current job to create a better one. We can love the one we are with. And, if it turns out that we are more likely to create fulfillment by doing another job at another company or starting something of our own, that’s okay. If we approach our careers with the goal of helping others, we will successfully build a community of people who have our backs and, in turn, we will find job satisfaction and fulfillment, together.
This piece first appeared on Simon Sinek’s blog, Start With Why.
Simon Sinek is a British/American author, motivational speaker, and marketing consultant. He is the author of three books including the 2009 best-seller Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last – Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Follow @SimonSinek on Twitter and like the Simon Sinek Author Page on Facebook.