You have a big heart and an even bigger desire to serve.

It’s easy for you to sacrifice yourself in service to a mission. You value making an impact more than you care about bringing home a big check.

When you look back on your career, you love seeing how your work has made a difference in the world.

The people you work with appreciate that you are:

  • Kind-hearted
  • Mission-driven
  • Capable
  • Supportive
  • Caring

Here’s the catch with being a Giver: You love contributing towards a mission so much that sometimes you forget to make sure your daily tasks and responsibilities align with your core interests and curiosities.

As a result, you expect the meaningful part of your job to motivate you indefinitely.

This can lead to burnout because we’re designed to be motivated by mission but also by doing work that allows us to pursue our interests and curiosities.

If you’re feeling bored and restless at work, chances are good that your job is no longer aligned with your curiosities and interests.

I get it. I am a Giver.

My first job after college was teaching preschool for kids with special needs. I was surrounded by teachers doing remarkable things and children that I adored.

I thought I should feel happy, fulfilled, content, but after a year, I was dissatisfied and exhausted. To make things even worse… I felt so guilty for feeling this way.

I thought the mission of my job would motivate me to keep going.

The truth is, no matter how much we love a mission, if we’re not interested in the work we do on a daily basis, we can become resentful, frustrated and unhappy.

The work you do every day matters just as much as the mission.

For us Givers, even thinking about changing jobs can feel emotional and overwhelming.

We want to make a change, but we’re not sure if we can settle for a job that isn’t making an impact.

After all, the work you’re doing is important and needed. If not you, who will do it?

As a career development strategist, I help people like you focus on themselves by exploring who they are and what they want in order to find a career that’s meant for them.

The key for us Givers is not to abandon causes we care about or jobs that feel missional.

The key is to rediscover our interests and our curiosities and find jobs that allow us to pursue those while also contributing to a mission.

To get you started, I created a worksheet with a few reflection questions for you to consider some ways that you can begin uncovering your interests and curiosities.