Satisfaction vs Contentment: Is Career Contentment possible?


MJ Gonzales │

Job satisfaction is career contentment? These two phrases may always interchangeably related, but the gist of the issue may boil down to passion to do a job.  Like if you don’t have job satisfaction, you tend to jump from one company to another. On the other hand, career contentment may pertain to frustration you feel because of the “boring stuff” that you do for the longest time.  How and when you will feel satisfied with your career?

On his website Abundant Life Coaching, life coach Andy Craig shared that people should be contented with the outcome of their decisions. On the other hand, he also suggested that everyone should not stop achieving their bigger goals in life.  Given this differentiation and recommendation, it seems that career satisfaction comes from contentment in what you have at least right now.  However, don’t let your contentment become the reason of your complacency.

“There is a saying, which I agree with completely, that we are either growing or decaying in life.  When you choose to become satisfied with current circumstances for too long, you begin to die to yourself,” Craig commented.

Meantime, the report of Fast Company imparted that if you like to have career contentment, don’t be blinded with the mantra “follow your passion.” Post writer, Sebastian Klein, advised that instead of pursuing a job that’s only related to your passion, better be passionate to do your job and imbibe a craftsman’s mindset. He added that it takes patience, time, and mastery to build passion.

“By contrast, the craftsman’s mindset acknowledges that no matter what field you’re in, success is always about quality,” Klein shared. “Once you’re focused on the quality of the work you’re doing now rather than whether or not it’s right for you, you won’t hesitate to do what is necessary to improve it.”

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

On the other note, Ashford University’s site Forward Thinking shared that to have and analyze your job satisfaction you must identify first the mission of your company, your own personal career needs or goals, and check if interests match to your company’s interests.  Furthermore, being a team player is also rewarding as it inspires you to contribute and to aspire to do other works for your company.

“When you do this work, you are achieving greater job satisfaction in the roles you play and making progress to fulfill your purpose,” Forward Thinking advised.