Now Is Time to Be a Quester

July 14, 2020


Award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life shows how to navigate lifelong career growth


Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life

Who are Questers?

What personality traits enable them to succeed? What gives them inspiration and courage to pursue causes important to them? Could you do the same? 

Check your Quester traits:

My continuing research on life career transitions and empowerment on hundreds of thousands adults representing diverse industries across the  globe found significant differences between people who took charge of their careers and those who did not.  I call these entrepreneurial, creative types Questers. People who follow conventional career paths are called Traditionalists.

Questers represent all occupations, ages and walks of life. They’ve been around for centuries. Famous Questers like Galileo Galilei, Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, Florence Nightengale, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison have made significant contributions to humankind. Others such as Steven Spielberg, JK Rowling, Nelson Mandela, Usain Bolt, Jesse Owens, and John Glennare contributing to contemporary society.

Questers are optimistic, creative, and inner-directed. They view failure as learning experiences and measure success by internal standards. Periodically, they reevaluate goals and make needed modifications to maintain congruence between who they are and what they do.

Questers are described in award winning, Questers Dare to Change – . Questers is a powerful, positive resource for both individuals and organizations who want knowledge and strategies to adapt and succeed in our dynamic world.

Individuals, who take a more conventional approach to their careers, are called Traditionalists. Committed to organizational careers, they value external rewards and measure success by how their careers measure up against the approved timetable. Although they may achieve temporary security, future options are limited. In a world of continuous change, security must come from within.

The differences between the types lie on a continuum. Everybody needs some security, growth, and challenge, but the types have different priorities. Quester qualities are healthy and enable us to adapt to change. Questers report higher levels of self awareness, job and life satisfaction, and health than Traditionalists.

 Questers create work in harmony with their purpose and move up, down or sideways on the occupational prestige ladder toachieve fulfillment and growth. Career advancement, to them, means growth of the whole person

Fred Vernick studied mechanical engineering because he loved “fixing things.” He enjoyed his early work but not senior management. Therefore, he created a maintenance position in an apartment complex that enabled him to fix things. “If you’re doing what you like, it’s not work,” he shares.

Jessy Zhao came to Canada from China when 30. She wanted to “learn about the world.” Zhao took various jobs while studying English and computers. Now, 41, she works for an information technology firm and recently purchased a home. Reflecting on her move, Zhao says, “It was challenging, but I feel confident knowing I can do things!”

Attuned to changes within and around them, Questers anticipate layoffs. While his colleagues worried about being laid off, Mike Wong upgraded his skills and contacted employers. He was offered a job the day he received the pink slip.

Tadeus Zorawaski, a creative Polish marketing and communications executive, loves learning and growing personally and professionally. He enjoys building and strengthening relationships with clients and business partners in competitive environments. A friendly, people-oriented visionary, Zorawaski particularly likes advancing marketing and communication initiatives from concept through to completion to show companies how to use advanced research and digital technology initiatives to increase corporate profitability.

Byron Quam has spent years at the piano. He played in North Dakota rock bands and surreal Asian piano bars. When Quam discovered he enjoyed getting “inside” a piano, he decided to use his musician’s ear, piano technician’s experience and progressive technology to provide quality piano tuning services in greater Vancouver.

Victoria Foster left her career services director position in San Francisco to care for her ailing father who resides in a rural community. Foster turned this crisis into the opportunity to pursue a long-time dream, real estate.

People who develop Quester qualities like Zorawaski, Foster and Quam will prevail in today’s fluid, technological times. They learn new attitudes and patterns of coping and continuously find innovative ways of expressing themselves in work and life.

Few Questers think of “retirement,” but continue involvement in meaningful paid or unpaid activities that give them purpose, direction, and continuing growth.  Bea Harks, took time out, at 66, to reassess goals after selling her successful cosmetic business. She took a sales position with a furniture store which allowed her to use her creativity and helping skills. In the process of moving to the West coast, Harks states, “I’ll decide my next venture when settled in.”

 We’re all born Questers. But as we grow older, we lose excitement for learning. We forget the good feelings that come from mastering challenging tasks. Reprimands, don’ts, and shames result in fear of trying.  We set up barriers to growth manifested in expressions of resistance including fear, denial, delay, and low confidence.

Fortunately, we retain Quester qualities within that can be strengthened. Sometimes, crises such as layoffs, illness, and divorce precipitate self-evaluation.

Strengthening Quester traits

    Clarify purpose. Identify themes: absorbing childhood activities, proud accomplishments, when you’re most energized, a favorite Halloween costume.

    Be authentic. Do what’s right for you. Ensure actions are consistent with thoughts and feeling. Set goals in harmony with your purpose.

     Build confidence. Focus on the positive. Avoid, “I can’t.”  Don’t compare yourself with others. Judge accomplishments against personal standards and strive for excellence.

   Continue to learn. Read, take courses, volunteer. Challenge conventional beliefs. Recognize and seize opportunities. Find better ways to do things. Try. Place no limitations on yourself.  

    Enhance 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 these.

   Manage fear. Identify worrisome issues. Minimize these researching relevant information and resources. Live in the present. Let go of “attachments.” Form a support system.

 Create a life in which you can continue to learn, grow, and have choices. Life is an opportunity, take it, life is an adventure, dare it!

What’s next for you?

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach, speaker and author of Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential. Carole Kanchier is available for consultations and presentations.

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