Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.
We spend a significant amount of our time at work and commuting to work, so it makes sense that we should love what we do. I’ve had jobs in the past where I dreaded going to work every day. Every minute of the work day seemed to go by so slowly and I would check the clock every 3 minutes to see if lunchtime had arrived. When I look back at photos from that stage of my life, I look so miserable. My unhappiness from my work life spilled into my personal life and my overall quality of life took a big dive.
Thankfully, I got out of that situation, and I can honestly say that my overall happiness has increased. I’m not saying that you have to love your job 100% of the time- I think we have to be realistic and realize that no job is perfect. Every job has its downsides. But if you can find job in your job 70% of the time, then I think you’ve found a job that qualifies as something you love to do.
Takeaway: If you are unhappy at your current job, make efforts to change your situation. Update your resume, start looking at job listings online, see if there are any other opportunities in your company. Everyone, including you, deserves to be happy at their job.
Getting Fired From Your Job Is Not The End Of The World- It Could Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
When you get laid off or when you get fired from work, it can feel like the end of the world. Sometimes it’s because you and the company were not a good fit for each other. Sometimes, it’s because your skills weren’t a good fit for the role. Regardless, it’s normal to feel badly about yourself when you lose your job. But don’t lose hope- there’s a better job out there for you!
I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and when things fall apart, it’s because better things are waiting for you. I had a friend who was laid off from his job. After giving himself a few days to process what had happened, he put all his efforts into finding another job. He asked for feedback on how to update his resume and he applied to lots and lots of job listings. In two weeks, he had a job offer from another company that paid him 25% more than he used to make. See? Getting fired was the best thing that happened to him because otherwise, he probably wouldn’t have found that better, higher-paying job.
Takeaway: Losing your job isn’t the end of the world. Hustle hard and put effort into finding a new job- update your resume, apply to multiple job listings and brush up on your interviewing skills. Chances are you’ll find an even better job and you might even be able to find a job that pays more.
Don’t Sweat The Small Mistakes You Make At Work
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
We’ve all had those days where we can’t seem to stop making mistakes at work. Maybe you made a spelling error in an important email. Maybe you asked a not-so-great question at the meeting last week. I’m the kind of person where I’ll beat myself up for a small mistake for at least three days until I realize that in the grand scheme of things, it was something small. As Steve Jobs says- in the end, only the truly important stuff matters. Three months from now, people are going to remember your contributions to a project- not a spelling mistake you once made in an email.
Takeaway: Everyone makes mistakes, just make sure you learn from what you did wrong so you can avoid making the same mistake again.
Take The Opinions Of Others Into Consideration, But Don’t Let The Opinions Change Who You Are
Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
I struggled with this for so many years- I really cared about what other people thought and I tried to take everyone’s feedback into consideration. In reality, what happened was I started to lose myself and I started to lose sight of what I wanted. I came to realize that I have my own best interests at heart and ultimately, I should do what’s best for me. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t listen to other people- on the contrary, I believe listening to different opinions gives you a more well-rounded perspective.
Example: In my day job, I manage IT projects that often have 5-10 people working on them. Everyone has their opinion on what should happen, but ultimately, I have to trust my gut feeling and make the final call about what I think is the best decision.
Takeaway: You should listen to what other people say, but be true to yourself when you make decisions.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Have you heard Steve Jobs’s famous Stanford graduation speech before? What other carer advice do you think he had to offer?