Professional success is the goal of everyone who works at a job or runs their own business. They want to excel at what they do, and make a valuable contribution to their families and society at large. A number of factors may make professional success elusive however, and being in the wrong profession is one of them.
I believe that the world would be better, and a happier place if everyone did what they were created for. Because most people work in less than ideal professions, it leads to problems that in the long term have adverse effects. You’re better off working in a field that maximizes your potential.
Here are 7 negative effects of working in the wrong profession:
1. Lack of motivation
If your job feels like a job, you probably aren’t operating in your gift zone and it sucks I know. This is what most people go through in their different professions. They look forward to the weekends and cringe on Sunday evening in preparation for another work week.
I get it, sometimes we work in professions we don’t like to pay the bills and provide; it’s understandable because that’s what responsible people do. The question here though, is whether you’re willing to go through your whole life with that kind of pattern.
If you have no motivation for what you do, life becomes monotonous and miserable. People that operate in their gifts and talents are full of life when they work; they know no boundaries regarding the amount of time they put into their work because they love their jobs.
2. Mediocre performance
People who get fired from their jobs are released for various reasons; these include insubordination, theft, violation of company policies, and misconduct among others. According to research, one of the top 10 reasons people get fired is poor performance on the job. Obviously, you can improve performance by having the right attitude and doing what’s required.
However, rarely do people improve significantly in areas of weakness and this doesn’t help either you or the employer. Sometimes getting fired or released could be the best thing that could ever happen for your professional success. It will give you the freedom to engage in fulfilling work and allow your employer to find a better fit.
This becomes a win-win scenario for both of you. Job performance improves significantly when you’re fully engaged in your job, and others will see the quality of your work. As people take notice of the great work you’ve done, doors of opportunity will open up to you.
3. Diminished confidence
Confidence grows or diminishes based on your results, or lack thereof in your chosen profession. If the work you’re doing makes a valuable contribution to others, it increases your confidence. The more confidence you get, naturally the more ambitious you become to take on bigger assignments.
The opposite is also true, however. If producing results in your job is a monumental task, it’s an indicator that it’s not a great fit for you. You can’t thrive in a set up like that and because your confidence isn’t growing, it means that it’s diminishing. If you stay in that space long enough, it will creep into other areas of your life as well.
4. Affects close relationships
Most people don’t realize this but if a job frustrates you, doesn’t that frustration spill over to your family members? They end up suffering for something they’re not responsible for which isn’t fair by any means. The people closest to you may then have to walk on egg shells when they are around you.
Do you see how this can be a real problem if you’re in the wrong profession in the long term? You can change jobs at any time, but you can’t change your family; they are more important than your job after all. You’d rather work in a field that brings you happiness and joy, and guess what? That joy and happiness will spill over to your family as well, which benefits everyone.
5. Lowers your marketability
Obviously, if your job performance is poor, no one will want to hire you for a similar role. In such a situation, you could invest in enhancing your skill set to improve performance as a stepping stone.
This is so that you don’t get fired and keep working while you pursue your main interests on the side. Getting a job while you’re not employed is harder than when you already have one.
You could then find a way to incorporate skills related to your passion into your job to stand out. Looking for a more ideal job becomes easier with that kind of approach, adding to your professional success. The quality of your work will be your biggest endorsement, and will expose you to more ideal jobs.
6. Never be great at anything
There’s a saying in professional circles about being a jack of all trades, and master of none. A jack of all trades has an appreciation of a wide range of job related skills, though not always proficient; and on the other hand, a master is one who’s proficient in a particular area of their profession.
To be clear, there’s none that’s better than the other, because they serve different purposes. A jack of all trades can excel in a startup environment where the company can’t afford to hire many people. They’ll be good enough to get the company to compete on the market against other businesses.
A master can excel in a more established company that’s looking to get to a higher level. This is usually the domain for people that love what they do and go the extra mile to achieve excellence.
Depending on your goals, it’s up to you to decide the route you’d rather take. Whatever you decide, make sure it adds to your professional success. Keep in mind, however, that masters of their craft tend to get paid more than jacks of all trades.
7. Missing out on ideal opportunities
Employers are more inclined to hiring people that aren’t just looking for a paycheck; they want someone who loves their job, because they won’t just leave as soon as a better opportunity comes their way. If you’re considering getting another job, you might as well look for one that plays to your strengths and interests. It will increase your chances of getting hired than pursuing jobs you don’t love.
The more you excel in your ideal profession, the higher your chances of standing before kings in your field. You spend most of your life working after all, so maximize that time by doing what you love. Your work is your highest form of worship to God because it ministers most effectively to other people.