Last week it was interesting to learn that there are vast numbers of people who consider their jobs to be “Bulshit Jobs”. You missed it? Click here to read.
But sometimes you do something that may serve others well. At a meeting the past weekend a man I’ve never met before, approached me and told about the life changing influence a magazine article I wrote, had on his life. Apparently he worked in a particular job in which he was not really happy.
In the specific article I wrote about an attorney who closed his practice because he was overwhelmed by the amount of detailed paperwork he had to do. His personality was not of the type that loves doing extensive amounts of detailed work. He then opted for a job as a magistrate. Sitting on the bench and hearing cases suited his personality much better.
The man who approached me at the weekend’s meeting then told me that the specific article helped him to finally make the decision to quit his job and he is now working in a different industry. He says he is so glad that he could make the change.
The very next day another man came to see me because his business is facing some serious challenges. Although he likes it to be in business, he does not particularly like the industry in which he works. He bought the business after quitting his former job, but only now realises that it is not the kind of work that he was ever interested in. It is a business and provides a job, but it not something he is passionate about or very talented in.
So what do you do to get out of such a rut?
# One of the biggest problems I see is that people do not know themselves. You do a certain job in which you are not happy, but you do not know why. You see your friends enjoy what they do, but you abhor what you need to face on a daily basis.
Being in the wrong career is a bitter pill to swallow … day after day.
To amplify the experience friends and family seem to not understand why you are so miserable in your job. They will tell you to brace up or insinuate that you are just too particular about work.
On the other hand you hear people say you need to do what you love and love what you do. Others say that if you really enjoy the work that you do, you will never work another day in your life.
Therefore it mostly boils down to knowing yourself. If you are in such a frustrating position, and you know this is you that I am talking about, you are welcome to click here to contact me for a Career Direct Assessment to show you the way. I can assure you, it makes all the difference to know the real you.
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