Last week, I met a good friend of mine who recently changed jobs. He was headhunted by his new company after a client presentation he gave there. They offered him a whole lot more money, great benefits and lots of big, shiny projects. He took the offer and started there a few months ago.
7 Days a Week Doing Unfulfilling Work
In his previous job, he had already been working a lot but most weekends, he was home with his family. Once he started his new job, that changed.
He is now working 7 days a week. However, the workload is not necessarily the biggest issue. When I talked to him and asked him how he is and how he likes his new job, his answer was at the lower end of the excitement scale.
He told me that they have a lot of exciting projects with prestige clients. However, from what he told me, he spends most of his time putting together 20-page sales offers, dealing with unreliable employees, driving and flying from place to place to sit in meetings and dealing with corporate politics.
I don’t know about you but that does not sounds incredibly exciting to me.
3 Life Lessons From Steve Jobs
Recently I wrote an article about Pursuing Your Passion & 3 Life Lessons From Steve Jobs. This situation with my friend just reminded me once again about the speech from Steve Jobs that he gave at Stanford. Here is the video from his speech again.
Asking Tough Questions
At the end of the conversation with my friend last week, I asked him some tough questions that I encourage you to ask yourself as well.
If today was your last day, would you do what you are about to do today?
When was the last time you came home full of energy?
What do you enjoy most in your job and what do you actually do all day?
Why are you not doing work you love all day?
Only For the Next 3-6 Months…
When I asked my friend these questions, the answers were a clear indication of where he is at. He answered my first question above with “Of course not, I would spend most of my time with my family”.
Afterwards he mentioned that he is giving it another try until the end of the year to see if it gets better.
Most of us do that every day. We see how it goes. We watch and let time pass without changing anything and suddenly we find ourselves at the end of our week, month, year or life and realize that we let everything pass by and wasted our time being the spectators of life.
I believe you either decide to change today or things stay as they are until you make that decision. Change does not happen over 6 months, it happens once you make that decision.
The moment you decide and fully commit to something is the moment everything changes.
I Have to Earn Money to Support My Family
Of course we have to earn money to support ourselves and our families. However, does that mean that we have to earn that money by doing meaningless work?
I believe that you have millions of opportunities to earn a living by doing meaningful work.
Just look out there in the world. You can find the most awkward jobs and business models that generate massive incomes because the people who work in those jobs or businesses love what they do.
I challenge you to not just think outside the box when it comes to issues at work but also when it comes to your career.
Ask yourself “If today was my last day, would I do what I am about to do today?”.