“It is not necessary for a man to be actively bad in order to make a failure in life; simple inaction will accomplish it. Nature has everywhere written her protest against idleness; everything which ceases to struggle, which remains inactive, rapidly deteriorates. It is the struggle toward an ideal, the constant effort to get higher […]
When you’re looking for a new job, or evaluating a your current job, understanding the why will help you gain perspective. It will help you make the best decisions for yourself and your life.
One of the best ways to understand motivation is through Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
In 1943 Abraham Maslow penned a paper that defined a series of needs. These needs summarize our motivation: from the basic (food, clothing, shelter) to abstract (love, belonging, self-esteem) all the way up to self-actualization.
Today, I’m going to examine the needs in terms of your job or job opportunity. We’ll look at the needs and see how a job meets that need and, finally I’m going to share six questions that will help you think about your job in terms of helping you achieve self-actualization.
There are lots of articles on the internet about HOW to get a job. Those are (generally) great articles and enable you to have the skills needed to land a job. However, there’s an underlying motivating factor that drives companies to hire. It’s why companies hire. Once you understand the why, and embrace it, the how to get hired becomes self-evident.