Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Do You Want a Wantologist?

Many of us have outsourced parts of our lives and hired someone to do the jobs we don’t want to do, or don’t have time to tackle. Domestic cleaning to child-minding to dog-walking to synching all your digital devices and wedding planning (see The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times by Arlie Russell Hochschild).

But what if you could hire someone to figure out what you wanted from life? We all want to feel satisfied and happy in our lives and much of this comes from the emotional connection with being purposeful. Where it gets tricky is that a lot of people don’t know how to get to that happy place.

This is where a wantologist comes in handy. Growing in popularity in the U.S., wantologists help people to decide what is really important to them. They help you discover your purpose and send you on your way.

Purpose and directions are not things I have been short on in my life, and while I love of inspire people through mentoring and presentations, I’m drawing the line at the terminology of “wantologist”. Perhaps these people need to see a “nameologist”.

1 comment:

The YoGanesh Blog said...

Wow, I thought I was cheeky calling myself a Customer Evangelist a decade ago - now Evangelist appears in many job titles including a role I saw at a company making nuts and bolts. I kid you not. (Actually, the only place where I got grief was Downunder where people thought I was setting myself up as the next religious charlatan).
We've seen CEO become Chief Experience Officer/Chief Engagement Officer and some cheeky ones here:
Wantologist sounds like a role you could fulfil in two places: 1. At the door of every store to help you find a little nicety vs necessity and 2. advising people going through any kind of funk, including career change.
You're lucky to have had a really clear vision on what you wanted - many don't know what they want other than to be happy. A Wantologist, like money, might not buy you happiness, but could help get you into a lot of places looking for it.