Planning long term is difficult and that is why a very few people do it. Let’s say you don’t like your job (according to a report, there are twice as many “actively disengaged” workers in the world as there are “engaged” workers who love their jobs, to read more about it, click here).
If you are employed, odds are that you don’t like your job. If that is the case with you, what are you doing about it? Chances are that you are sucking up to it and doing it anyway. But then that should not be the end of your story. If you don’t like your job find another one, if you can’t find a suitable job, keep looking and in the meantime keep upgrading your skills.
It wouldn’t happen overnight though. You will have to plan for it. It will require long-term planning and consultation with friends who have done it before. All of it requires consistent effort for a considerate amount of time, that’s execution because only planning is not enough.
It is very easy to blame the past misfortunes on someone. We get easily sucked into the negativity and start thinking about the things we could have done in the past. It’s very tempting.
But is it the right thing to do?
In all those moments we should step back and try to think if mourning helps us in any way?
In most of the cases, it doesn’t.
So why bother wasting your time and energy on something that wouldn’t help you in any way. It’s a trivial question but in the spur of the moment we often forget asking this question to ourselves and get sucked into the negativity.
“The Devil Wears Prada” is a Hollywood feature film based on a novel of the same name. Last night I watched this movie as it was suggested as a must watch for all aspiring entrepreneurs, you can find the full list here.
It reminded me of my first job and how I used to do all it takes to give my best and to please my supervisor in every circumstance, except that I realized it sooner than the protagonist that my happiness is the first priority.
In the pursuit of pleasing the boss we go out of ways and change ourselves altogether, and we think we don’t have a choice but in reality, we always do. It’s just we think our own happiness is not that important and in order to please others, we do the things we would never have done if it were up to our own choice. In the end, as the protagonist realize that she had the power to choose all along, it’s very fulfilling to watch her go from the glamorous world of fashion to the thing she always wanted to do.
I met with one of my old friends after a very long time (though we are living in adjacent cities only). It was very pleasant to see him, we talked about good old days and also the current challenges we are facing in our lives. He has the perfect job and I am talking New Delhi standards, a senior software developer at a very good company and yet he was bored out of his work.
Digging into the matter I got to know that the things that he does at the firm have stopped challenging him enough. The way he used to enjoy programming and developing stuff isn’t interesting enough now because he now knows ins and outs of the software development and it has stopped being fun and interesting now.
That’s a situation we all face at some point in time in our jobs and it is frustrating because we love our jobs and we don’t want to just quit our jobs but since it is not fun, we stop liking it the way we used to like in the old days. A challenge keeps things interesting, helps us grow, helps us stretch beyond our limits.
Since I have decided to limit my posts only to 3 paragraphs per day(max), tomorrow I’ll continue from here.