Are you one of Ed Sheeran's "beautiful people"?
In the music video for Sheeran's current hit, we're introduced to an average couple who are quite content in who they are & the activities that bring them joy.
They are contrasted against a backdrop of fancy cars, massive mansions, and throngs of models, rappers, dancers -- people our current society would consider "beautiful people."
What strikes me about this song and video is that many of us, in our work lives, race a similar course to achieve the status symbols of our industries. Instead of platinum records, we look to be one of our state's or region's Top 40 under 40. Instead of mansions, we look to vacation in more countries than our colleagues. We focus on garnering skills and knowledge that we think we will help us with our work, but leave us feeling depleted. This leaves all of us in a situation where just 33% of American's are actively engaged in their work and a measly 17% of workers around the world can say the same.
So how do we run a different race?
How do we maintain the perspective of Sheeran's "average people?"
How do we achieve the "right" success without losing ourselves? Or, how do we achieve success through BEING ourselves?
One place to start is to understand our unique talents; those intriguing, innate ways we each think, feel, and behave in the world. Based on research by Gallup, each of our talents (or talent themes) offers insight into:
In short, this is a self-awareness at a core level.
So if we want to find enjoyment and engagement with our work, maybe we need to start focusing on building from the inside-out, rather than the outside-in. Maybe if we focus on being "who we are" we can stop running toward the wrong achievements and enjoy success that makes us feel good and supports the organizations we work for.
So...are you one of Ed Sheeran's beautiful people?
Or are you ready to pursue an engaged life your way?
Full disclosure: this is NOT a sponsored post. I do not receive anything from sharing Sheeran's video. I just liked the video and the message we can take from it.