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Work that Helps the “Greater Good”? How About Good for Your Well-being at the Same Time?

So many people don’t know the right direction for their work in the world, for their career or business. Not to mention confusion around how it fits in with the Greater Good.

I love that some people are asking the question about serving in a meaningful way. Yet I know they worry about how to do good work without overwhelm, or whether they can actually find or create meaningful work that can also meet their needs for income and rest.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find the overlap between feeling good for you and your needs, and feeling good for the needs of the Greater Good, all together?

That’s what I call the “Best Use of You.” It feels great and flowing, not draining. 

What is the best use of you? Good work without burnout? There are simple steps to find your way.


Work can feel great… if it’s truly the best use of you.

I have found ways that work, for me, and the way I came to it seems to also work for others, even in many different circumstances. We are finding ways to serve the Greater Good in our work, without overwhelm. I’ll explain.

I admit that sometimes a way that works for our needs could mean creating it through our own self-employment. On the bright side, that is sometimes easier than doing draining or heartless work for someone else. But that’s not the only way.

It’s not overnight to move into your best work that fits for you. But figuring out the best path for you to follow is fairly simple.

How Your Well-being Fits In Too.

Part of finding the best use of you is also keeping your own sustainability in the equation when you choose your path.

Your energy for going the long haul also matters for being able to offer the best use of you. The “Greater Good” includes your well-being too.

You’re part of the Greater Good.

In my simple system for finding your best path, your needs and the world’s needs are all connected. I’ve got a new paradigm for career clarity that goes beyond burnout culture.

I’m an introvert and I’m highly sensitive, which means I can get easily overstimulated and exhausted, if I’m not careful about my choices. And yet I’m sustainably self-employed, and doing work that helps others in meaningful ways.

It works because I chose a path that aligns with my strengths, including my introversion and high sensitivity. Which are both strengths, not barriers.

There’s a way to bring it all together in one equation, in balance. Here’s the gist of how I see it:

It’s not about extra doses of self-care, but finding that sweet spot is about choosing your path well. When you align your path with YOU, you feel energized, not drained.

When you align with what others expect of you instead, it can be draining and thus not sustainable. That old worn out path leads to burnout.

For instance, my high sensitivity helps me deeply tune in to my clients and see their gifts and help them visualize a path that fits who they are. It’s a strength that I work with, instead of fighting it.

Sadly many work environments do not respect differences in people’s strengths and they try to force people to change themselves to fit in. Ugh. Another reason self-employment was a better fit in my case.

We can find what fits for you, instead of fitting you to a broken system.

So How Do You Know Your Best Path?

I’ve developed over time some simple steps to help you find your best path, where you clarify YOUR best fit, as opposed to making yourself forcefully fit in with what feels awful to you.

I’ve interviewed people from diverse backgrounds who have also found their way to this sweet spot of work that is good for you and good for the Greater Good. They too used similar steps.

It starts with understanding who you are first, before you choose which direction to go.

I’ve been using these clarity steps with my career and business clients, then I realized recently that a best use of me now is to make those steps more accessible by putting the essence of it into a low-budget course (also at no cost for some people).

Now the course is ready if you want to check it out:
Simple Steps To Uncover the Best Use of You Now

The course is relevant for career direction and business direction. And it includes some of those interviews I mentioned with people from diverse backgrounds. It’s my favorite part of the course. So inspiring to hear their stories.

Here’s a quick look at the course:

Learn more here.

I’m sorry that I couldn’t fit all the steps into a little blog post. It takes a little time to find what will work for you, but it’s so worth it!

I am keeping the price of the course low (or no cost in some cases), to cover my time to produce it. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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Val Nelson

Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
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