May 13, 2019

Who Do You Enjoy Working With?

Welcome back to this month’s series on “What’s Worth Doing.” This is part 3 of 4. If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2, start there and then let’s continue:

Nothing great happens alone. There is always a team, a group, possibly even just a pair. Each person does their thing(s) well, and that contributes to the whole.

Over a lifetime, the average adult will put in more than 250,000 hours of work. So it’s good to think about who you want to be with during those times. And when you find your people, it’s magic. The right people don’t just add to your abilities, they multiply them.

So when you’re making a transition, it’s helpful to think about the kinds of people and professions you might want to work with. Since this next step will be a small project or experience, you can use this as an opportunity to learn more about different kinds of people.

For Example…

You may know that you enjoy working alongside creative people. Great. But now, think about the specific kinds of creatives you might enjoy teaming up with for a small project. Perhaps you’re curious about working with performers, artists, or graphic designers.

Or maybe you’re curious about building a business someday, so you might be interested in trying a project with someone who leads operations, finance, sales, research and development, or marketing.

Or maybe you're curious about how policies or laws are put into place, and want to team up with a local official or professor of public policy.

For today, think about who you want to work alongside for a short period of time — either because you enjoy these people, or you’re curious to learn more about what they do on a daily basis.

A Note About Roles vs Characteristics

Perhaps you’re someone who cares less about what people do and more about who people are. You’re interested in working with people who are good, smart, globally-minded, etc.

Keep those characteristics in mind. But for the sake of helping you design a specific next step while learning more about potential work/careers, it’s helpful to think about people in specific roles.

And if you don’t know every kind of person that’s out there, that’s ok! Start with what you know, but take time to ask a few questions:

  1. What companies and organizations are you paying attention to?
  2. What kinds of positions/roles exist on those teams?
  3. Is there anyone in your community whose work you admire? What do they do?

Again, there are no limits here. List as many kinds of people that come to mind — mothers, to students, psychologists, educators, investors — anything goes.

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