Why fulfillment, rather than profit should influence your choice of career

Posted by News Express | 6 June 2020 | 1,638 times

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 Dear reader, it is my utmost pleasure to welcome you to this exciting column, Life Changing Series, which is designed to empower our numerous readers to succeed and find fulfillment in life.

As you can see from the headline above, we are debuting with important tips on how you can find fulfillment in your choice of career.

Have you ever paused to ponder why a young medical doctor with full of promises ahead of him would drive his very expensive car to the Third Mainland Bridge, pull over and jump into the Lagoon?

Have you ever paused to ponder why a young managing director of a blue chip company would close from work, go home and shoot or hang himself?

One of the reasons for this is lack of fulfillment or what some people describe as public success but private failure

The STEMM Courses – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine – are no doubt the most lucrative courses in the world today and because of this, most students are falling heads over heels to study them in the higher institutions of learning. Even parents are bribing and giving other forms of gratifications for their children to study the courses.

However, the reality is that economic considerations should not be the sole determinant of one’s choice of career.

Therefore, that one is brilliant and can score high in JAMB is not enough reason to study any course if it does not come from the inside of you. The reason for this is because every discipline is a calling and as such should come from the within and not from the without.


Law is a very reputable profession and a lot of people want to be identified as ‘learned men and women’.

However, you cannot make a good lawyer if you don’t have the gift of advocacy (gift of the garb).

Engineering is a lucrative profession. But you cannot make a good engineer, if you want to be Mr Clean and as such don’t want to get dirty. Medicine is cool, a very honourable profession. But you cannot make a good doctor, if you are wicked or don’t have compassion for your fellow man or woman.

That is why when you want to choose a career, you don’t look outward for high paying jobs, rather you should look inwards to know who you are because it is who you are that should determine the type of career that you should go into if you want to be healthy, wealthy and happy in life.

I have come across a lot of people who have lucrative career. They live big – make tons of money, drive big cars, live in big houses. But in the inside, they feel empty, very unfulfilled. Simply because the career that they are in does not come from their within.

From a distance, people adore, celebrate and even wish to switch places with them. But behind closed doors, they are in pain. They are sorrowing and when night comes, they wish it persists, they would not want the day to break because though they are making a lot of money from the career, it is not giving them happiness. The reason is because they choose the career based on material considerations-the desire to make ends meet and also live well in the world and not borne out of who they truly are.

So, most of the time, there would be a disconnect between the body and the spirit. Even though the body may be willing and good to go, the spirit would be weak

This is one of the reasons why a lot of rich and successful people end up with depression or suicide.

Therefore, for you to live well and happy here on earth, a life of fulfillment, you must go into a career or discipline that you have gift or calling for. A career or discipline that comes from within you. A career or discipline that you have passion for. This is because greater is the man who forges his own hall of fame career than he who became successful by joining the bandwagon of people in lucrative career

Research has shown that if you are in love with your career or the discipline that you are in, you would hardly become tired or sick. You would not even want to retire from it because nobody retires from what he or she loves.

It has even been proved that purpose, that is activities is one of the secrets of longevity  because it is love and passion for what you are doing that sustains you both in good times and in bad times

Once more, I thank you immensely for starting this journey with me and look forward to sharing ideas with you every Saturday afternoon.


Peter Anosike is a well-known journalist and development economist.

His book, Dangote’s Ten Commandments on Money (Lessons on How to Make Money from One of the World’s Richest Men), was rated as one of the best development books in the world by Wall Street Journal and FORBES. The book has been adopted as a workbook for grooming entrepreneurs by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). Anosike’s other of his books include, How To Be The Best You Can Be and Look Forward and Lean Less On Your Past – all trending in Smashwords along with Dangote’s Ten Commandment on Money and How To Be The Best You Can Be. You can follow him on Facebook and Linkedin.

Source: News Express

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