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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.

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

Bonus Quick Hits

There were so many things in my Hit File this week, that it couldn’t all fit in just one post. Lucky you!

  • Christians and Churches are known in America for their controversies. I guess that’s fair. Jesus was pretty controversial in his own way. However, Jesus also sought out the lost and welcomed the masses. Over at Stuff Christians Like, Jon Acuff  shows us how one church has put their most welcoming foot forward, and dares us all to follow suit. If that church is as open as their bulletin claims, they must be overwhelmed with opportunities to serve their community. (Side Note: I was given a couple of Acuff’s books while I was in Nashville last week. I’m really looking forward to reading them.)
  • Should it bother me that Cracked has become a go to site for great lists like this one? Seriously, go read it. You really do need to know why drug-sniffing dogs are inaccurate, or how red light cameras can cause fatal accidents. Police officials and bureaucrats tell us that these tactics are good, and help stop crime. Kind of like how banks tell us that debt is a tool and allow us to have what we want right now. The truth is that banks are in the business of selling debt…and what is the next question you should be asking?
  • Tucson is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country. We have the El Tour de Tucson every November. Bike lanes everywhere. Even so, there is still a risk when you’re riding around the city. Especially at night. A couple of bike lights just aren’t going to cut it. Here’s a project that should make you safer: DIY LED Handlebars. I’m not suggesting that anyone in particular is needing to do this, mind you, but it might be worth considering if you’re planning to move from Tucson to someplace like California. Just a thought.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

August 3, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bonus Quick Hits