Can’t Get No Satisfaction?

I was listening to a program on the radio today where they reported the findings of a recent poll on job satisfaction. The study covered people in careers of all kinds located across the nation. The study found that the people who reported having the highest level of job satisfaction were (in this order)

  1. Clergy
  2. Firefighters
  3. Physical Therapists

Three drastically different career paths that require different types of education and training, attract different personalities and people, and function in extremely different environments! I started to wonder what, if any, connection there was between these three career paths that contributed to the level of job satisfaction that they gave people. Then, I noticed something. All three of these jobs focus on service to others.

Those who are enriched by their work have jobs that result in the betterment of their fellow human beings. Clergy give people a dose of faith and hope and make people feel uplifted and loved. Firefighters save lives, keep families together, and make communities feel safe. Physical therapists relieve pain, speed recovery, and give people back abilities lost through surgeries and accidents. Every day, they serve others. Every day they feel satisfaction with their jobs.

I began to think about my job, and my level of job satisfaction. I get tremendous satisfaction out of performing my comedy magic and illusion shows, whether for parties, corporate events, or awards banquets. I love speaking at conferences and meetings to people about their businesses and their industries. Does this mean that my job serves the “betterment of my fellow human beings?”

What about my friends who work in inventory control for television manufacturers? Or those who create software? Or sell safety equipment? Do they feel satisfied by their jobs? Are they working in careers that better the lives of others?

The truth is, most jobs result in improving the lives of others. It may not  be obvious at first, but it is true! Those who work in electronics inventory control make sure that parts and products are in stock in a timely manner and that the finished products are on the shelf to bring entertainment and laughter to people. Those who create software help businesses manage their budgets and help small business owners pursue their dreams. Those who install safety equipment keep workers safe so that they can continue to provide for loved ones and come home to their families without injury.

Air conditioning technicians, auto mechanics, engineers, flight attendants, pharmacists, furniture manufacturers, accountants, office managers… the list goes on! All of these people contribute to the “betterment of their fellow human beings” whether they make their lives safer, more comfortable, less stressful, or more entertaining. In one way or another, they benefit other people and make life more enjoyable.

What is your level of job satisfaction? Have you thought about who it is your career serves? You can see your job as just that… a “job”… or you can see it as a something significant – something that benefits the people around you.

I invite you to step back and look at the big picture. Clergy, firefighters, and physical therapists aren’t the only ones who contribute to bettering their fellow human beings – you do too.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others!

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