Often enough, we apply for a job, and pray we get it.
“It’s a dream job…once in a lifetime…”, we croon with hopeful enthusiasm. Two months down the road, after we have had this dream job, we whine and whimper no end, to the very people we were celebrating with, when we got it in the first place.
Simple enough, we competed with hundreds to get an interview, rejoiced when we were shortlisted to the three, and celebrated when we signed the appointment letter. Our resumes sing praises about our illustrious performance in previous employs, and promises our undying loyalty to the tasks that lay ahead. No mountain high enough, no task menial enough for our egos to handle. Wasn’t that what we said?
What has changed?
Expectations. Those of the ME genre, the US attitude, with the THEM policies, which we decided NOW we don’t seem to agree with, after several weeks.
Funny how that works out, isn’t it?
The short answers, my kids, are:
- Don’t do it for the money - if you do, thank God for the opportunity
- Find out what the job really is about - if you haven’t, it was the wrong one to apply for
- You were given a shot at it, now perform as promised - sure, no one guaranteed a wonderful, appreciative boss, but hey, he’s got a family to feed, too
- Rise to the occasion - the hero either gets honored, or beat down, but that comes with the job, and it is a matter of time that either karma kicks in, or your contributions get spotted, but till then, shoulders to the plough
- You may get talent spotted - and really get to live your dream job all over again
- Your employees come to your rescue - and you realize it was all worth the pain
It isn’t really about why you don’t like something, but about learning to live with it, accepting no one is perfect, but being grateful for the opportunity to learn about what you do like. Appreciation of ones lot is a great leap from being constantly disappointed with what you think… you don’t have. The constant whining will not help make things better. Instead, you will notice less friends, more depressed families, and a rapidly aging reflection of a lesser self in the mirror.
We have a LOT to be grateful for. Remember that.