it might not be the job…

… it might be YOU.

If you’re like me, you probably complain about your job at least once in a while. It’s too boring.  You aren’t paid well enough.  You don’t get enough experience, or enough exposure to the Grand High Poobahs of the company.  You don’t have enough staff.  You get no respect.  Your job sucks.

Yet the pattern continues. Even after you change companies, or departments, you find that you have a boring job, or you’re underpaid, or you sit in a cubicle far distant from the Lords of the Company.  You sit there surreptitiously surfing amazon and gawker, hoping that something new is about to happen.

Every job can’t be that terrible. A simple minute of reflection will tell you that.  There is almost no way that every single job you hold could be so bad that it’s worth complaining about, constantly.  You have to consider a terrible possibility:  the common element in all of the bad, boring, terrible, underpaid jobs you’ve held is YOU.  YOU are the problem, not the corporate job, not the dead-end retail job, not the failing entrepreneurial effort.  Each job is different in so many ways that you can only point to one common element.  YOU are the common thread.

So what do you do? Change your mindset, or change your career. If you find that one job after another is painful and dull and annoying, it may be that YOU aren’t suited to that career.  You may need to consider a change, and not just a minor one.  Don’t assume that if you’re working for Bank XYZ that a shift to a new, exciting position working for Bank JKL will suddenly fulfil you.  If you weren’t happy in one position, you probably won’t be happy in the next unless there was something about that last job that was uniquely bad (a horrible individual who worked in the cube next to you, for example).  Make a big shift:  try something completely different.  Don’t let yourself be the stumbling block to your own career success and happiness.

4 Replies to “it might not be the job…”

  1. It kills me to listen to people who complaina bout their job and then do nothing about it! Drives me nuts.

  2. It doesn’t matter if your job is working retail, corporate consulting or even just being a stay-at-home parent. Everyone has “a job.” Some people are luckier than others, their job pays more, or allows more free time or comes closer to the definition of an avocation than it does to the definition of a job.

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