You have to follow the rules for Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for you to feel personal growth in your career. According to this theory you have five needs that always must be present for you to have fulfillment.
The five needs are physiological, safety needs, social needs, self actualization, and self esteem. When it comes to your Maslow needs, you will find that you can have a fulfilling life and career, as long as, you can recognize what your needs are.
As for physiological needs, you always have them covered. These needs are the basics of survival and function. You will always have a roof over your head, water and food to consume, and you can satisfy your needs for sleep, sex, and reproduction with no trouble.
These needs are never in question; nevertheless, all the other needs relate to your career. Have you ever noticed someone who is irritable after they lose their job? This is because their needs are not being met. They need to have a career to be fulfilled, and this concept involves everyone. For you to feel good about yourself, you have to have a purpose.
Secondly, it is your safety needs. You need to feel safe in your building or place of work for you to have a career that you can live for. You need to feel free to come and go and you need to feel like you can express yourself.
You need not feel threatened to open your ideas up to management or your co-workers, and also have physical safety. There is no way that you can satisfy your other needs or have a fulfilling career if you go to work everyday living with a threat to your life.
Thirdly, you need to think about your social needs. Your social needs not only evolve around your work life, but your personal life. Even though you should never mix personal with business, you should be in a position to satisfy both of them.
You need to be able to go to work and find some friends and you also need to have the time after work to have a family, a love life, and a social life outside of your co-workers. You need to have co-works that appreciate and respect you, and then you also need to have people outside of work to support and fulfill your life.
These can be very hard to do, particularly if you are just starting out and need to put in the extra hours. The more responsibility that you have at work, the more significant and difficult your social needs will become.
Fourthly, you need to think about your self esteem in the business. You need to think about the things that will make you happy at your job. You need to think about all the things that you want from you career.
You need to think about getting a promotion, getting a raise, getting some of the benefits of your position or responsibilities when it comes to your self esteem.
You are one step closer to achieving high self esteem if you can set goals to raise your self esteem in the business setting. You will need to go back to social needs and satisfy those that you lack if you don’t get the promotion that you were hoping.
You are on your way to self actualization, once you have maintained a good amount of protection, social, and self esteem needs. Once you can look at your job or career and tell yourself that you are so proud and satisfied, and then you are at self actualization where you can be content.
Although there are only four steps until you have self actualization, but before reaching your goal of self actualization, you will find that you may have to repeat some of the stages several times.