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Are You Stuck at Work?

Michael Hyatt’s blog has been a part of my daily trawl for a couple of years. When he started podcasting last year, I hesitated adding him because I was already a bit overwhelmed with all of the media I was taking in, and I didn’t think adding one more voice to the pile would gain me much. That might have been the right decision at the time, but when I cleaned house earlier this year, I intentionally made room to start listening to him. This post is inspired by his podcast from April 10 on the 3 components of job satisfaction.

There are three basic components to that must be present to be satisfied with your work. You must be competent at your work. You must have a market for your work. You must have passion for your work. With all three of those, you hit the sweet spot. That can be awesome.

Having only two of those, though, isn’t so awesome. Those zones will only lead to building frustration, and it makes your life a struggle.

Three components of work.

There’s a difference, however, between those three zones that we have to recognize. The upper left and upper right zones (hobby and failure respectively) both have fairly short life-spans as a career. Staying in those zones is discouraged by a lack of income.

That bottom middle zone, though. Boredom? You can settle down and live there. Pretty comfortably, too. And most of us do.

And that’s where the trouble starts.

We lie to ourselves and say that work is supposed to be frustrating, and we can pursue our passion when we’re not at work, or after we retire. We medicate our discontent with spending, maybe even driving ourselves into debt while chasing happiness. And it only gets worse from there.

And I know. I live in the bottom middle. I’m very competent at my day job and boy howdy is there a market for my services, but I’ve got almost no passion for it. There’s a bunch of reasons why that is, but needless to say, I’ve topped out on my job growth. I’m stuck.

Most people understand that they enjoy greater success when they feel good about their activities. […] Helping your mind to know and believe that what you do professionally is good, noble, and worthwhile in itself helps to fuel your energies and propel your efforts.

If you feel really good about your profession, you sweep others along with you on the waves of your enthusiasm for what you do. You will become known for telling entertaining accounts of amusing incidents in your professional life. Stories about events in your business day can inspire others, and they will be moved by poignant interactions you relate. These natural and positive aspects of your public persona flow inevitably from feeling pride and passion for your work.

– Rabbi Daniel Lapin

In order for you to have a chance at real success, there has to be passion. And if you don’t have passion, it shows, because boredom isn’t inspiring or engaging. Either become more passionate about the work you’re doing, or begin the process of transitioning to something where you have all three components. It’s either that, or stay stuck.

May 15, 2013 Posted by | Past and Future, Work and Money | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Are You Stuck at Work?

Quick Hits of the Week

  • LaRae Quy guests posts over at Michael Hyatt’s blog, sharing about spies and three ways to find the truth about life’s meaning. Her first point, about life assessment, is a great one that I’ve seen before.  It’s important to identify the areas of our lives where we’ve settled, and recognize that any area that we’re not completely satisfied with isn’t good enough. Her third point, about keeping a journal is also good. It’s part of the reason why I’m forcing myself to write here once a week.
  • Boredom is good for you. It’s a signal that you’re fighting to create. Mark McGuinness reminds us that facing our boredom head on is better than seeking out distractions.
  • I would love to say I’m above politics, but I’m not. There’s always a temptation to get controversial when I write here, because drumming out one of those posts is comparatively easy, and it tends to get more attention. That’s not what I’m trying to do here, though. I’m seeking growth, not division. Thom Rainer shared some really good thoughts regarding this, listing five reasons he avoids negative and controversial posts. I think number four is especially true. So, while I like the added attention, on balance I’d rather stay positive.
  • I’m not a big survivalist. I don’t even like hiking. Driving out among the pine trees and setting up a tent next to a campfire is about at close to “roughing it” as I like to get. The chances of me getting trapped in the wilderness are pretty slim. Should it happen, though, and my cell phone is damaged beyond repair, it’s good to know that I can use what remains as a signal mirror, compass, spear point, and fire starter.

June 21, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week