An exclusive interview with Warren Lee Holleman PhD, Professor of Behavioral Science and Director of the Faculty Health & Well-Being Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
You’re working hard, giving your all. You might even feel depleted or defeated. At times you wonder, is it all worth it? You ask yourself, “why am I making so many sacrifices to meet other’s needs?” “Is it worth the toll on my health and wellbeing to work this much?” Family and friends are complaining you’re missing important events. Perhaps you’re just tired and grumpy.
Ever feel like this? I think we all do at times.
What if you knew at all times your work was having impact?
In a fascinating interview with Warren Lee Holleman, PhD, Professor of Behavioral Science and Director of the Faculty Health & Well-Being Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Holleman reminds us of the importance of continually growing our awareness of the impact our work has on others. Listen to the ROAR Radio interview here
Holleman tells a moving story of a psychiatrist who quit his job thinking his work didn’t matter. In a chance meeting more than a decade later, the psychiatrist learned his work had saved a life. Had the psychiatrist been more resilient, would he have continued his work to positively affect more people?
What if resilience is your superpower?
In my bestselling book, ROAR, I suggest that resilience determines if you succeed or fail at work and in life. It’s true whether you are a CEO, political figure, athlete or in the cancer ward. Nothing is more important in these extreme times than cultivating physical, emotional, mental, and relational resilience.
Holleman believes resilience is the key to living well. In his blog “Love Well, Be Well: Meaningful careers, Happy families. Healthy Lives,” Holleman emphasizes that what people most want in a job is purpose, often above promotion, income, security and hours.
Work is a search for daily meaning, yet all too often we are left feeling like our work doesn’t matter. Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Is your work giving you a lasting sense of fulfillment?
In many cases, our jobs do have an impact, but we’re not aware because we’re disconnected from the end users of our products and services. Think of medical scientists who invest years in research but don’t see a patient. When we connect directly with the people we serve, we can see our past and potential impact. When we connect to the direct consequence of our job, we find greater meaning. Listen to the ROAR Radio interview here
How can you create more connection with your end users to get a better sense of the impact you’re having?