Your Work Your Genius

work your sun signHow did you choose your career? Were you one of the lucky few who always knew what you wanted to be, or did you simply follow opportunities and end up finding something you enjoyed? If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

How people arrive at their careers provides for interesting reading. We humans are so varied – each of us being our own unique combination of talents and interests.

Back in 2008, the online job search site, Careerbuilder, interviewed over 8,700 full time employees in the U.S. and found some interesting things about about people’s careers and their sun signs.

Astrology is not a material science, but a spiritual science. It is simply not mathematics or physics, and has persisted through millenniums captivating the awe and wonder about the galaxies and human existence. – Dr Baskaran Pillai

For instance, this massive study showed that those born under the sun sign of Cancer were among the highest earners, but they were also among the least satisfied with their jobs.*

This got me wondering if some people get “trapped” in careers that pay the bills but offer little personal fulfillment, while others find contentment doing things they enjoy.

Finding satisfaction and gratification in what we do is important, but we all know people for whom that seems like a distant objective, or even a myth.

There’s a new economy and a whole generation of people finding their own ways of doing something for a living that is both fulfilling and financially rewarding.

In writing this, I am very conscious of the words satisfaction, fulfillment, gratification and contentment. These are all “spiritual” words. Had you ever thought of your work as being a spiritual activity?

It takes deep personal insight, self-understanding and self-acceptance to confidently stand apart from the crowd and consistently provide something unique and valuable to people you care about. In my experience, this spiritual component is a huge part of what makes the difference between a business and a brand and between being an employee and having a career.

Passion breeds the kind of excitement that drives loyalty and enthusiasm. It draws the right people and opportunities to you. Napoleon Hill called it the “burning desire”. It is motivation on steroids and it is a vital component for success.

If your work is just something you do or that you drag yourself through day by day, perhaps it is time to take an inward look. If your business is filled with more headaches than rewards, it might well be HOW you are doing it, rather than WHAT you are doing.

It is important to tap into the spark inside you and summon the bright, vibrant energy that lights others’ worlds as much as it does yours. That spark is the genius in you that brings fulfillment and makes you feel contented.

Recover or rediscover it and you will transform the work you do!

*Just in case you are interested, the other high earning signs were Scorpio, Leo and Taurus. The lowest earners were those born under the signs of Aquarius and Capricorn.

Most satisfied with their jobs were not those born under the high earning signs, but rather those with the sun signs of Pisces, Sagittarius and Capricorn. Along with Cancer folk, Geminis were the were the least satisfied.

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  1. I’d like to say I had a grand plan for my career, but I didn’t. Like Yogi Berra famously said, “When you see a fork in the road take it.” There were jobs I wish I hadn’t taken, I wish I had been thoughtful about my career plans, I wish, I wish…. But I somehow I ended up OK. I could have done better, but then who couldn’t have?
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines11-03-2014

      Jeannette, perhaps the most important thing is staying conscious of the effects of your decisions and changing your mind if you find you’ve made one that is not okay. Maybe we all rationalize things – with those “knowing” what they want to become simply staying the course longer than those of us who have multiple interests.

  2. LenieLenie10-31-2014

    There are times when I’ve taken a job because I had to but all the while looking for something that I liked. I was fortunate in that I ended up my working life in a position and career I loved. I guess that you do what you have to do while looking for that opportunity to do what you love to do.
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-31-2014

      Great observation, Lenie. The key is to keep looking while you are doing the job you don’t want, otherwise “comfortable” sets in and it gets really hard to move on.

  3. Michele HarveyMichele Harvey10-30-2014

    I believe we should make a life, rather than just a living. As a life transitions coach, each morning during meditation, I set my intention on attracting clients in whose lives I can truly make a difference. My teacher, Neale Donald Walsch says, “Your life is not about you. You life is about everyone else whose life you touch and the way in which you touch it.” I believe this value is the true value of life and it also makes me happy.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-30-2014

      What a great sentiment, Michele. It sounds like you have been focusing on all the right things.

  4. CatarinaCatarina10-29-2014

    The top astrologer in the Philippines did my chart 25 years ago. She was spot on but when it comes to getting what you want out of life you have to go out and get it yourself and not wait for what’s in the stars to happen,
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-30-2014

      Oh yes! You are so right. the value in astrology is not from some nonsense fatalistic perspective that things “happen to you” – but to gain insight and understand both yourself and your circumstances better. That way you can make better choices and the choice ALWAYS rests with you!

  5. Jacqueline GumJacqueline Gum10-28-2014

    I did fall into my career at an early age. But I loved it…had a real passion for my industry and worked very hard. I was successful, but have always felt that I earned it. I have always been puzzled by people who don’t love what they do. I can’t imagine being stuck like that! And by the way, I’m a Sagittarius:)
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-28-2014

      Sag folk generally score fairly high on job satisfaction, Jacqueline. Many people get drawn into something expedient and then it becomes costly in time or energy to change, as that often means going back to school or taking a step down in rank/income for a while. It’s tough to be there, but there are ways to make it less stressful.

  6. maxwell iveymaxwell ivey10-28-2014

    Hi sue; this is an interesting take on job and career satisfaction looking at people’s zodiac sign and how they feel about their work. i didn’t read anything about arisse which is my sign having been born april 17th. and didn’t really want to click through to a long technical article to find out. that’s the way it is when you are reading with speech. thanks for sharing, max
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-28-2014

      hi Max, I am not sure what that survey said about Aries, but I just checked for you on the General Social Survey (GSS) and it shows Aries scoring the lowest on Job Satisfaction – with notably few Aries folk being “Very Satiesfied”. Hope that helps.

  7. ikechiikechi10-28-2014

    This is a very interesting topic. Is career actually tied to Astrology. One wonders and I do agree that most people that earn much are not satisfied with their Job. Thanks for sharing
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-28-2014

      Good question – is it tied to Astrology? I find the problem in answering that is the way we record “career” in many studies. Often the question relates to the industry you are in, and then we cannot figure anything out, as in a bookkeeper working in the construction industry, or someone in Government sector – who could be anything from a janitor to a diplomat or even a social worker. So it is hard to measure. However, you do find the role people take on in their jobs seems to line up with the sun sign.

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