Adam Smiley Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, a guide for millennials to find meaningful work, and Instructor at General Assembly San Francisco. In this post, Smiley demonstrates a helpful exercise to find meaningful work by uncovering your unique gifts.
A lot of people spend years searching in vain for the “perfect job.” At the age of 30, having already had eight jobs since college, I’ve accepted the possibility that the perfect job might not exist for everyone, and that the perfect job at 22 is different than at the age of 30. I’ve realized that finding meaningful work is less about perfection and more about alignment: finding the right job for you.
Many people realize what’s meaningful to them by first discovering what isn’t. Two years ago I left a job working for the federal government because the job wasn’t the right fit for me. I was working for the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., an incredible organization that is deeply aligned with my values. The problem was what I was doing every day was not in alignment with my gifts, the impact I wanted to make, or my desired quality of life.