Everyone wants freedom and that job that gives them everything they want. They want to help people AND make money. As I get older and can view the workplace from a different angle, this feels more like a mirage. We live in a world that loves talking about how great your job COULD or should be and how much you could do to change the world.
To prove that it’s not that easy. Would you agree that at least 1 out of 3 people want to change the world and make it a better place? Probably! Why don’t they? Do you know anyone that has quit their job to pursue the autonomy of running a Cricut with a heat press in their kitchen or selling Essential Oils because the customers will come? The customers don’t always come, it’s not that easy. If this was easy, everyone would be successful and everyone would be changing the world. It’s unfortunate but it takes more than just a “good, energetic attitude” toward something to be successful. Don’t get me wrong, a good, energetic attitude is helpful but it’s not the only part of the recipe.
Instead of dreaming about the job you could have, why not try being proud of the job that you already have? The mundane can be exciting if you decide to make it that way! Since we like to compare so much, think about the people that would LOVE your job, whatever it may be. Put a smile on your face and truck through it, it’s really not as bad as it seems. Everyone has bad projects and day to day duties that annoy them (even if you own your own business or save the planet for a living).
Visualize you are in your dream job, what is it? Now poke holes in it. It’s likely not perfect. Does it pay the bills? Does it give you autonomy? Are you challenged?
Now ask yourself, who has that job? Would you trade places with them right now? This would mean that everything would change? Are you willing to take on the risk they might have? The 80 hour workweeks? The missed soccer games of your 3 year old?
There is something crazy here. If you bring an awesome and energetic attitude to your current job for a while, you might just get promoted to something you like more!
Stealing a word from Cal Newport, you can build your “career capital” right there, in the job you are in. It can set you up for the next job. Focus on that capital and building up your skills. Make yourself marketable so if you do want a new job, you are actually confidently qualified.
Here is a workable tip: Do the best at the job you are in and good things will start happening! – Here is my list to get you started: https://www.promotionsguy.com/ryan-s-favorite-reads
I’m writing tips each week for people aspiring to improve. These are not industry related but they generally have something to do with growing as a person or growing a business. My intention is to help others grow while growing myself. My book recommendation this week is “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss something, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org