According to Deloitte’s Shift Index, 4 out of 5 people are unhappy at work these days. We spend at least half our waking hours over five of the seven days of the week at work. And yet, most people are miserable most of that time.
There are a number of reasons people feel this way. Companies have laid people off. Yet the expectation is that the remaining people will be able to find a way to still get all the work done.
And they have for the most part! Sure, some things have suffered. Some things don’t get done anymore. Or at least done at the level of quality that they used to.
Day after day, week after week, month after month – so many people begrudgingly go through the daily grind.
Because they’re scared.
Because they think it would be hard to get a job that pays as well.
Because of uncertainty about the future.
They feel like they no longer have control over their own lives.
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There are two terms often associated with work – job and career.
Nobody wants a job.
Everyone wants a career.
Nobody wants to just trade time for money.
Everybody wants to earn money from a trade.
A job is meaningless.
A career is meaningful.
This is the message we hear again and again – sometimes directly, sometimes more subtly.
Let’s not be subtle. Neither a job nor a career has meaning. Work has meaning.
Work adds value.
Work creates growth.
All this can happen in a job or a career.
A meaningful dead-end job?
It’s more obvious with a career. But how about a job?
A dead-end job.
A job where you know you’re going nowhere.
Can you find meaning there?
Every job has value. Every job has a potential to serve. But let’s double down.
Let’s say your boss is a jerk.
The company is mediocre.
There’s no clear vision.
Customers aren’t thrilled.
They just do business with the firm because of inertia and no clear alternatives.
Your co-workers are just putting in their time.
Can you still find meaning there?
A resounding yes!
The key lies in understanding a finer point about the definition of BIGG success, life on your own terms.
BIGG success is a destination. It’s about getting from where you are now to where you want to be.
In other words, it’s a journey.
Down a long and winding road.
And sometimes the shortest distance between two points is under construction.
And that’s where the job comes in.
A job may buy you time – another one of the five elements of BIGG success.
Time to find yourself.
Time to do research on promising careers.
Time to find your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Time to save money.
Time to build your network.
Time to establish yourself as an expert.
Time to start a business part time.
We think it’s time to stop…you get the idea!
Even a dead-end job can help you move closer to BIGG success. By turning this knowledge into a strategy, a dead-end job becomes meaningful. It can serve as a springboard to BIGG success!
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