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Part Two – Values Mining: The Jewels of Finding Fulfilling Work as featured on Bublish

Author’s Insight:

By answering the second question you can help uncover the real or underlying value for you. So for you, perhaps money is not the real value; perhaps the real value is “security” or “being successful” or “being independent” or “being able to provide for my family.” It’s always helpful to anchor or relate the values you express to real world situations. If you say you value “honesty” or “teamwork,” write down what “honesty” or “teamwork” would mean in terms of your behavior and how it would impact others.

Author’s Excerpt: from CHAMPION YOUR CAREER: Winning in the World of Work

Step 3: Now you have two lists. Go back and compare your two sets of answers to the question. Is there anything there that surprises you or concerns you? For example, if you are concerned because the word money is on your list, you might ask, “What does money mean for me?” Your answer might be “Money means security” or “Money means success” or “Money means freedom” or “Money means being able to provide for my family.”


The Jewels of Finding Fulfilling Work – as featured on Bublish

Author Insight:

Many people cannot express what their five to ten core values are and thus are living lives unconnected to them. This ambivalence can lead to a life of unhappiness, discontent, conflict and unease. Some may feel conflicted because they are trying to live a life according to the values of a certain company, religious or political organization, or the values of their friends and colleagues or their partner rather, than living a life according to their own core values.

If you feel your life is unfulfilled and unhappy or has too much conflict in it, then it may be that you are leading a life that is not in accord with your own core values. The question is: Do you know your own personal core values? Do you know whether or not you are expressing them in your daily life?

Author’s Excerpt: from CHAMPION YOUR CAREER: Winning in the World of Work

Let’s go jewel hunting for core values by considering the following question:

What in your life is important to you?

Step 1: Don’t think about your answers at first. Just write down whatever comes into your head no matter how strange, amusing or worrisome it may seem. These first answers are probably your intuitive answers; sometimes those are closer to the truth than answers that you “think” about.


Step 2: Now think carefully about what is important in life for you. Take some time to consider your answers before writing them down in a word or short phrase. Don’t worry if some of the same answers appear in your first list. Just write them down again.

Stay tuned for part two on What these two lists reveal.