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THR Partners, Executive Search Firm specializing in the HVAC, Appliance, and Commercial Restaurant Equipment Industries

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  • Needs and wants are the foundations on which you set realistic and attainable
    goals. If the goals that you are setting are what you really want or need out of
    life, you are motivated and more likely to achieve them. If the goals you are
    setting are meeting someone else’s wants or needs, you will probably find it
    frustrating to try to attain them. It is extremely important that you take the
    time to explore and identify both your needs and wants. Once you have identified
    these, you are now beginning to identify what it means to be successful by your
    own personal standards.

    When you are considering your needs and wants it is important not only to
    distinguish between the two, it is also imperative to examine how many times the
    should’s in your life will get in your way. Every time you believe that you
    should do something, you are implying that you neither want nor need this, but
    somehow you feel required to do it. These should’s will drain your energy and
    take your focus off of what is truly important. If you live your life being
    accountable for the should’s, you are limiting your opportunities as you make
    your career decisions. The goal is to eliminate as many should’s as
    possible.

    Your needs are the things that you truly need to survive. Your needs are
    anything which you perceive as necessary for your personal well-being. When your
    basic needs are met you feel secure. Your needs are usually your highest
    priority. These items are all fundamental to the pursuit of happiness.

    Your wants are the items which you have a strong desire for, but may not be
    essential for your personal well-being. Your wants have more to do with
    enriching your life. Balance and common sense are necessary to make appropriate
    choices about your wants.

    Pure logic or even common sense are not necessarily operative when
    considering your needs and wants. There are times when the desire for immediate
    gratification enters the picture causing wants to become a greater priority than
    needs. It is very important to clearly know what you need and what you can wait
    for even though you want it. You must satisfy your basic needs and work calmly
    towards satisfying your wants.

    Use these three simple guidelines when conducting your search:

    1. Formally write down what you NEED to live at survival level.

    2. Clarify what you WANT and when you want it.

    3. Sort out the SHOULD’S that you have become tied to.

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