Your Job Interview… Does YOUR Job Need to Reapply?

October 22, 2008 at 7:54 am 4 comments

Given many people’s current state of economic affairs, the subject of money, and how best to earn it, is a high priority for more than a few.  I want to talk for a moment about the definition of “best” in that last statement.  I want to talk about your J-O-B.  This is where you spend a conservative estimate of 37.5 hours a week (many more for some), for roughly 49 weeks of the year.  That’s over 1800 hours a year.  Multiply that by a 50-year career, and you reach just under 92,000 hours.  That’s a number most of us can’t even wrap our heads around!

For myself, I want my job to fill me with passion and purpose.  I want to wake up excited for what the new day will bring.  I want to leave that day feeling like I’m a better person for what I’ve accomplished… no, more… I want to know that the world is a better place for what I’ve accomplished.  If I’ve improved at least one life, or made one person genuinely smile, that’s a success.  What I do NOT want is to clock in and clock back out eight hours later, then look back on the week and see that I am personally (let alone financially) un-enriched for my 40 hours of life invested.

No matter how old you are, and no matter how much time you have “invested” in a particular pursuit, the only investments that have any lasting impact are those you make in yourself.  Now if you’re a nine-to-fiver working for the weekend, at a time when many count themselves lucky to BE employed, I’m not suggesting you start composing your epic “I’m outta here!” speech.  I am encouraging you to take a look at how you are spending this enormous portion of your life, and evaluating how that aligns with your core desires and beliefs.

I was listening to an interview yesterday with business coach Ann Vertel, and she suggested you picture your business five years from now.  Are you doing exactly the same things you did yesterday and last week?  Where is the motivation?  Where is your GROWTH??  And this does not just apply to business owners!  Whether you work a corporate job, or construction, or waiting tables, the question remains the same:  How do you see yourself changed in five years?  I am absolutely NOT saying you shouldn’t love your corporate / construction / restaurant position – I sincerely hope you do!  I am merely asking you to THINK about it!  Really look at how you feel at the end of a day, or better yet, at the end of the week.  Most of us never do this, because we might be forced to take action and destroy the status quo… and deny it though we might, we love the mindless ease of the status quo.

So now what?  As usual, a question begets another question.  If your pursuits don’t meet the level of your dreams, what will you DO?  It’s never too late, until it’s too late.  In this time when fear and struggle have become pervasive, there is nothing that could reshape this world faster than the human race suddenly rising above the everyday, and reaching for the extraordinary!  What would be extraordinary for you?

Wishing you a passionate, purposeful, and powerful day,
a.k.a.  The Average Goddess

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. PaintandSoul  |  October 22, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I completely agree with being mindful in your job. It’s so easy to just go to work, put your time in, and go home… but when that’s ALL you do you’re unlikely to ever get that real fulfillment out of your job. You’re also unlikely to ever achieve the dreams you might have for yourself. I’ve been tackling the heck out of this with graduate school lately (which is my job, trust me it’s a more than full timer) and reminding myself that I have to be proactive and go for what I really want in order to get it. Just showing up and putting my time in will never get me what I want.

  • 2. cashlessncr  |  October 22, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    That’s why I love job performance evaluations. Its the perfect opportunity to voice what sorts of experiences and challenges I’d like to face in the coming year.

  • 3. averagegoddess  |  October 22, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Clearly, I have never had the luxury of that sort of review!! =P (Or at least, not one where my boss cared what I said…)

  • 4. cashlessncr  |  October 23, 2008 at 5:39 am

    I said I was pretty fortunate, right?

    Maybe I’m totally naive, but I do think that anybody should be able to ask their supervisor for that kind of review. Obviously, its important to ask the supervisor about what skills need to be improved as well as providing input.


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