QUESTERS – Take Charge of Your Career

August 25, 2019

Are you a Quester? Would you like to become one? What are Questers, anyway?

Take the Quester Quiz:

Questers, who have been around for centuries, pursue causes important to them. Many have made significant contributions to humankind. Galilei Galilio, the Italian physicist, proved the earth revolved around the sun; Abraham Lincoln inspired the nation to abolish slavery; Miklhail Gorbachev had courage and character to give up power of soviet communism; Nelson Mandela campaigned for justice and freedom in South Africa, Albert Einstein the scientist campaigned for a peaceful world, Marie Curie was awarded a Nobel Prize for her discoveries with radiation; and Martin Luther King inspired millions to aspire for a more equal society.

Other Questers, from all walks of life, create work in harmony with their purpose. Could you do the same?

My ongoing research on lifelong career decision making, described in audible, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, shares Questers’ success secrets.

Questers are authentic, innovative, and have courage to risk. They’re confident, resilient, and value intrinsic rewards such as autonomy and challenge more than external rewards like status and security. Most view failure as learning experiences and measure success personally.

Periodically, they reevaluate goals and make modifications to maintain congruence between who they are and what they do. Career advancement, to them, means growth of the whole person.

Fred studied mechanical engineering because he loved “fixing things.” He created a maintenance position in an apartment complex that enabled him to fix things.

Attuned to changes within and around them, Questers anticipate layoffs. While her colleagues worried about being laid off, Manu upgraded her skills and contacted employers. She was offered a job the day she received the pink slip.

People, who report relatively high scores on Quester traits, tend to have higher job and life satisfaction than those who report lower scores.

We are all born Questers. You see these characteristics in toddlers as they excitedly explore their homes. Unfortunately, as we grow older, we set up barriers to growth which are demonstrated by behaviors like fear, denial, and delay. It is crucial to strengthen our Questers traits to succeed in uncertain times.

Tips for Strengthening Quester Skills

– Clarify purpose. Identify themes: strengths and accomplishments, absorbing childhood activities, recurring dream, what you’d wear to a costume party, people you admire, how you’d spend time if you had billions?

 – Focus on the positive. Look for and expect good things. Each time you catch yourself thinking something negative, replace it with a more positive thought.

– Strengthen resilience. Note what you’ve learned from traumatic experiences. Indicate how these have made you stronger, wiser. Identify early cues that you’ve ignored, and what you’d now do differently.

– Stretch yourself. Read, take courses. Don’t compare yourself with others. Judge your accomplishments against personal standards of self-improvements. Challenge conventional beliefs.

– Be authentic. Do what’s right for you, not what others think. Ensure actions are consistent with thoughts and feelings.

Strengthen courage to risk. Review three successful risks taken. Note what made these successful. Identify perceived barriers for taking another risk, and explore ways to overcome them.

– Manage fear. Identify worrisome issues. Minimize them by researching relevant information and resources. Live in the present. Let go of “attachments.”

– Create a life in which you continue to grow and have choices. Use your Quester power. The audible Questers Dare to Change shows how:

Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist and author of award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Dr. Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions. Her columns have been published in Wall Street Journal, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Vancouver Sun, Toronto Sun, Boston Globe, South Africa National Magazine, Malaysia Business, and Indonesia Inistar. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential.