The importance of fit

It’s been said and written countless times: “Take a job that fits you.”

It’s been said and written countless times: “Take a job that fits you.”


If you’re going through business school, there’s a good chance that you’ll hear this to the point that it makes you nauseous. Chances are also good that if you’re in school you’ll be happy to take any job you can get, and you’re not too terribly worried about fit. You’re wondering how you’re going to pay your bills, not find your life’s calling. This is a legitimate concern for sure, and it should be priority number one.


Speaking of paying bills, I’ve also thought that fit is distinctly a first-world problem. When you already have your basic needs covered, then you have the time and energy to think about issues such as fit and fulfillment. Until then, again, you’re just trying to survive.


So fit didn’t receive much emphasis in my world. At least that’s what I thought. Until I realized that fit is why I went to school and changed careers. And fit is why I work where I work, and do what I do. And fit is why I’ve hired the new team members that I’ve hired, or then not.


So, yes, fit is important. I still think you need to worry about your basic needs first. But once that’s out of the way, you’ll probably naturally begin looking for employment that fits you well. Of course, if you can solve both problems in one go, more power to you.


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