Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Being happy

With the recent changes (I've left Cheezburger), I've had to think about what I'm looking for in my next position.  One interesting thing that I've found is that to be happy, what I need in a job is remarkably like what I need in life.

My Life

Here's what makes me happy.
  • Doing good
  • Bringing happiness to others
  • Being Balanced: Grow spiritually, artistically, physically
  • Loving people
I find that if I do those things, I'm happy.

Notice that things like making lots of money, having a big house, etc. aren't on that list. Don't get me wrong, those things are good too, but consider this:

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

My Job
When thinking about my next company and position, here's what would make me happy:
  • Bringing happiness to the world
  • Making our customers and our people happy
  • Growing people
  • Growing myself
  • Problem solving
  • Bringing order to chaos
  • Balance

Yeah, there's some overlap there.  Problem solving often brings order to chaos. Growing people makes them happy.  Making our customers happy brings happiness to the world.

Notice how much those align with what makes me happy in this life.  Balance, growth, love, good.

A part of what would make me happy at my next job also includes what I NEED to be happy. I tell this to all of my managers.

I need:
  • To be valued
  • To be supported and own what I own
  • To be taken care of money-wise
  • To be able to respect my superior(s)
  • To be allowed to grow
These NEEDs are also things that I aspire to provide for those that I work with and who work for me.  I make sure they know that I value them, I support and enable them to own what they own, I make sure they're happily compensated, I work hard to make sure they can respect me, and I take a sincere interest in their growth.

It's been a good excercise. 

43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit,44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.Luke 6:43-45