A young woman phoned me recently in complete distress over her career. She was in her early thirties and concerned because she had not yet found the "it" in her career. She felt she had been moving from company to company to company throughout her relatively young career and wanted to get to the root of what it is she really wants to do.
I want to share something with you today that you may not want to accept or believe but I'm going to say it anyway…
For many of us, this recession is the best thing that could ever happen..
…at least for your career.
Let's face it – our tolerance level for our work environment is a lot higher when the money is flowing but now that businesses have turned off the spigot our tolerance has level has gotten lower as well. At the executive levels, many corporations will either not pay bonuses this year or not increase salaries. As organizations scale back, the remaining work force is asked to take on more and greater tasks, roles and responsibilities for little, if any, pay increase. Companies believe you should feel "lucky" to have a job and the result is a workforce that is overworked, underpaid (relatively speaking), stressed-out and re-evaluating their career choices.
It is times like these when we become acutely aware of how very tired we are of being in the "rat race".
It is times like these when we wish for more simplicity in our work and in our life.
So what do you do once you have had this great epiphany?
If you're unemployed, you are most likely looking for anything that will bring income back into your household. If you're employed, chances are you're putting feelers out to find an organization that values you more and "feels" better.
Unfortunately, both situations can lead you right back to where you are….
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if you do not, at some point, think more critically about your career, nothing will ever change.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result.
You were born to be great.
YES, you can!