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Unlocking Your Potential: Building a Career That Matters

Written By Charles Browne  |  Goals, Purpose, Values  |  0 Comments

Deciphering the Code of Self: Identifying Your Nonnegotiable Personal Values

Have you ever taken a moment to ask yourself: “What truly matters to me?” I’m not talking about those Friday night pizza cravings or the occasional urge to buy the latest smartphone. I’m referring to the core, non-negotiable personal values that are essential in guiding your decisions and building a career that matters.

These fundamental beliefs and principles guide your decisions, shape your behaviors, and, most importantly, define you. For instance, maybe you value honesty above everything else, or perhaps freedom and independence top your chart. These are your non-negotiables. The elements of your life that you wouldn’t trade for anything, not even for the most tempting career opportunity.

Building a Career That Matters

How do you identify these, you ask? Well, the journey of self-discovery is as unique as the fingerprints on your hand. Here are a few helpful ways to get started:

  1. Reflection: Reflect on experiences that made you feel delighted, proud, or fulfilled. What were the underlying values that made these moments so rewarding?
  2. Negatives to Positives: Consider situations that made you uncomfortable or uneasy. Often, these feelings stem from a conflict with your core values.
  3. Look at your idols: Identify people you admire. What are the values they embody that resonate with you?

Remember, the goal here is not to build an exhaustive list but to narrow down your core, nonnegotiable values that are genuinely significant to you. As you continue your journey of self-discovery, these values will serve as your North Star, guiding you in the right direction, especially when building a meaningful career.

Your Emotional Needs: The Hidden Career Compass

Did you know that your emotional needs are pivotal in shaping your career? It’s true! Whether it’s the need for recognition, connection, or the quest for autonomy, your emotional needs often act as a powerful compass to guide your career decisions.

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re a highly ambitious individual with a deep-seated need for achievement. You thrive on challenges; nothing pumps you up more than overcoming a formidable obstacle. Now, consider being stuck in a monotonous job where every day is the same, and there are no opportunities for advancement. It’s like being a Ferrari stuck in a never-ending traffic jam. Frustrating. By understanding and aligning your career with your highest emotional needs, you increase job satisfaction and supercharge your motivation and productivity.

How do you identify your emotional needs? Start by asking yourself:

  • What makes me feel fulfilled or satisfied?
  • When do I feel most alive and engaged?
  • What are the things I can’t tolerate in a work environment?

The answers to these questions will give you insights into your emotional needs and guide you in selecting a career in harmony with them.

Building a Career That Matters: Aligning Your Career with Your Values

Have you ever felt disconnected between what you do at work and who you are? It’s a familiar feeling among those not aligned with their values. When your career is not in harmony with your core values, it can lead to dissatisfaction, lack of motivation, and burnout.

On the flip side, aligning your career with your values creates a sense of fulfillment that goes beyond the paycheck. It fuels your motivation, inspires you to overcome challenges, and, most importantly, helps you build a career that matters.

So, how can you create this alignment?

Identify the Values Important to Your Work: Just as you identified your personal values, list the values essential for your work. Do you need creativity in your job? Maybe teamwork or ethical conduct is more important? By identifying these, you can see where there is overlap with your personal values and where there might be conflict.

Choose a Job that Reflects Your Values: This one may seem obvious, but it’s a point worth repeating. If your job doesn’t resonate with your core values, you will likely feel unfulfilled, no matter how attractive the salary or job title.

Work for a Company that Shares Your Values: Not only should your job reflect your values, but the company you work for should too. Do your research and choose a company that practices what it preaches.

The Power of Decision-Making through Your Personal Values and Emotional Needs

Ever found yourself in a quandary over a career decision? Well, you’re not alone. Whether choosing between two job offers, contemplating a career switch, or deciding whether to take on a new project, career decisions can be daunting. However, the magic of aligning your decisions with your personal values and emotional needs is that it provides a clear roadmap for these crossroads.

When faced with a decision, ask yourself:

  • Does this align with my core values?
  • Does this satisfy my emotional needs?
  • Will this decision lead me toward a career that matters?

Using your values and emotional needs as a guide, you can make decisions that feel right, are consistent with who you are, and lead you toward a fulfilling and meaningful career.


There’s more to a career than just the daily grind and the monthly paycheck. It’s about crafting a narrative that resonates with your inner self, a narrative that’s rooted in your nonnegotiable personal values and highest emotional needs. If you don’t know these or how to discover them, you must schedule a FREE Strategy Call with Charles immediately!

Remember, your career is a significant part of your life and deserves to be more than just ‘good enough.’ By aligning it with your core values and emotional needs, you can unlock your true potential and build a career that doesn’t just make a living but makes a life.

So go forth, brave explorer! Embark on your journey of self-discovery, dig deep into your core values and emotional needs, and let them guide you to a career that doesn’t just pay the bills but also pays tribute to who you are at your core. Your future awaits!

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