Though every person is different, humankind as a whole boils down to the same simple functions – in a physical sense, we need food, water, shelter and clothing. What about on a metaphysical level? According to Tony Robbins, one of the world’s best-known leadership psychology figures, all humans have six basic intrinsic needs that ultimately drive our thoughts and behaviour.
Humans crave stability and certainty in their daily lives, and this is especially true with regards to work.
Though these factors span across every aspect of life, we think they have particular relevance to humans’ professional life and development. Let’s take a closer look at Robbins’ six needs and determine how identifying the ones you best relate to can help you grow professionally.
Humans crave stability and certainty in their daily lives, and this is especially true with regards to work. Some individuals value certainty more than others – these might be the people who are perfectly content staying with one company for decades, or those who prefer to have the exact same daily routine.
With that said, we also all need a bit of variety in our lives; without it, the days blend into one another and life becomes incredibly dull. Those who value variety might find themselves craving new jobs and opportunities – activities that will shake things up and make life a bit more exciting.
People’s career happiness looks different, but everyone’s depends on a combination of these six factors.
Finding meaning in our careers (and life in general) is important to most people, with a recent LinkedIn study showing that 74 per cent of respondents want a job where they feel like what they do matters. This manifests itself in different ways – some people might feel significant when they have the best KPIs, or when they are making a tangible impact on the organisation.
4. Love and Connection
Though the idea of ‘true love’ doesn’t necessarily translate into a professional setting, the concept of finding connection does. At work, this can be achieved through colleague friendships, client relationships, pouring yourself into your job or a whole host of other activities – as long as it makes you feel connected to the professional environment.
74 per cent of respondents want a job where they feel like what they do matters.
Robbins claims that, while these first four are important to your happiness, you won’t be truly fulfilled without growth and contribution. Growth means you’re constantly evolving, pushing yourself to new heights and challenging yourself – particularly at work. In order to avoid stagnation, businesses need to always be growing upwards and outwards – the same goes for your professional development.
Beyond growth, what really gives your life significance is contributing to something bigger than yourself. In a work sense, this might look like putting more into your organisation than you might be getting back – simply because you believe in the ethos of the company.
Growing and contributing are the two needs that Robbins claims will fulfill you in the long run.
Making sense of it all
What makes humans unique, according to Robbins, is that we each value and prioritise these needs differently. We also have different tactics for fulfilling them, and he stresses that there are good, bad and neutral ways to do so. Striving for your best self at work happens when you identify the traits you value most and the ways in which they manifest themselves.
Which of the six needs matter the most to you? How do you find fulfillment in them at work? Figuring this out could be the key to your professional happiness. For more information about professional development, reach out to us at Reo today!
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