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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: On coaching well. Regulating alcohol like marijuana. Crayon sculptures.

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • Michael Hyatt has a great post on the three components you must have to be satisfied with your work. I was able to really quickly identify where I fall on his diagram when it comes to my current job. I’m also able to see where my previous effort at self-employment would have fallen, too. Trust me, missing that third component is a killer, so you need to be aware when one has become absent. Make a change, and seek them out.

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.

October 25, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick Hits of the Week

  • So, here’s an interesting development. Due to changes in banking regulations, a lot of the once “free” services offered by your local bank’s checking account are now incurring monthly fees. Consumers are seeking safer and cheaper options, and retailers are more than willing to step up. Walmart is now offering a prepaid American Express card that works a lot like a credit or debit card. They’re accepted the same as a regular AmEx card,  can be used to withdraw cash from a network of ATMs or to “get roadside assistance, bank from their smartphones and, eventually, write checks out of an account linked to the card.” This has the banks worried, and rightfully so. The market might still bring some truth to the lie of being ‘too big to fail.’
  • A while back, Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, and NYT best-selling author, released his new book Platform. I’ve thought about picking it up, but I was a bit intimidated by it. I can’t be Hyatt, and I doubt my road to success will look anything like his. In fact, the road to success gets lost in the brambles more often than not. Over at Hyatt’s blog, Lucille Zimmerman has a guest post talking about just these problems, and she offers six ways to stay focused when things get overwhelming. Numbers two and four nailed me. How about you?
  • On tattoos: It doesn’t matter what your profession is, or what piece of skin needs a little art on it, it seems like everyone is getting a little (or a lot of) ink these days. Personally, I’m not interested, and my wife doesn’t want me to be interested (10 Marital Harmony Points earned). If I were, though, I would have to get something practical, and my first instinct would be one like this. However, given how often I find myself lost during sports conversations, maybe a tattoo of this would be more helpful.
  • I’m getting a little tired of all the discussion of genetically modified food going around in hushed and sinister tones, like the world’s agricultural industry is out to poison all of it’s customers. I’m not saying there aren’t problems, but the benefits of GM crops are being way under-reported.  Remember, when it comes to the news, fear sells more ad space. We live in a better world than we’ve been led to believe.

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.

October 11, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week