I saw this article in the paper the other day. It was on the front page of a section about careers.
Don’t worry if you can’t read it. In fact, it’s really good that you can’t read it. Because it’s really, really bad advice. It’s the kind of horrible advice that promotes victim thinking. It’s the kind of advice that explains exactly why 80% of American’s report disliking their jobs. And the funniest part is that this article was written by the same company that did that study – CareerBuilder!
Let’s go through each of the 7 pieces of advice, and I’ll tell you what they SHOULD have said (which is the opposite of what they did say).
- Give it some time. Don’t do that. That’s the biggest mistake everyone in the world makes in creating a great life. STOP giving it time. STOP the useless weak act of waiting. Instead, get really, really, really active in creating a career (not finding, or attracting, but creating) that fulfills you deeply and rewards you handsomely.
- Be Realistic.
This one activated my gag reflex. It said not to glamorize other places. Yeah, definitely DO NOT entertain the thought that there might be something awesome for you in the world. Don’t do that. Why would you do that?
You would do that because masterful livers of life operate from the abundant mentality and know that they never need to settle. Being “realistic” in this sense is actually being a pessimist. The true realist sees no problem with reality and makes great things happen under any circumstance. Be THAT person.
- Make it a Learning Experience.
I agree with that sentence, but not the way they meant it. If you’re going to learn anything from this, learn that you’re settling when you don’t need to. Learn to demand more of yourself and to remove yourself from that 80% statistic. Learn to activate your remarkable resourcefulness, and learn that you were always capable of creating your ideal vocation and life.
- Look at the Big Picture.
They say that sticking around in your crappy job might help you in the future because you might gain some experience. Are you kidding me?! Deep breath. No. The last thing I need is to expand my experience of settling and playing small and being resentful about my life. Re-read #1.
- Be Good to Yourself.
I support the idea of being good to yourself. I fully support that. I want people to be good to themselves. Their suggestions on how to be good to yourself is to make sure you get enough sleep, exercise and relax – while you keep your crappy job!
My suggestion is to upgrade that by being so good to yourself that you go create a phenomenal life experience. And treat yourself to getting out of what sucks.
- Know This Will Pass.
I love the story of King Solomon’s Ring and what its moral that This Too Shall Pass has to teach us about impermanence. BUT, they misuse this saying here. The message of impermanence teaches us to seize the moment! Carpe Diem! ACT!
Will Keiper, author of “Life Expectancy: It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Game,” interviewed people 95 years old and older and asked them what they would do differently if they could go back in time. There were some common themes in their responses: Take more risks, take more time for reflection, be present (not rush through life), and invest more time into creating a legacy – leaving a meaningful footprint.
This will pass is right. It’ll pass before you know it. So, take risk, take courageous action NOW to create a meaningful existence and a legacy that you’ll be proud of.
- Find the Bright Side.
Again, they miss the point of “The Bright Side.” They think the bright side is to think about the benefits that come from your labor. Well that might be good advice if you’re on a chain gang. We’re not talking about how to make the most out of being in prison for your sentenced period of time. We’re talking about creating your career. The “Bright Side” is that you don’t need to settle. It’s that what you want IS available to you in this world AND that this world NEEDS you to go create it.
When you hate your new job, get busy doing what it takes to create the career of your dreams and the life you desire.