“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” – Henry Rollins
Many of my friends are looking for work. They may be depressed because they cannot find the right kind of work or their pride will not let them take a job that is beneath them. I have experienced both situations. I think back to about three years ago when I was really struggling. I did not have the right kind of experience for the jobs that I wanted, I never finished my college degree, and my ego was out of control. Even in a situation where I had lost everything due to some bad investments and poor life choices I still felt like I deserved a leadership role or that I was entitled in some way. I struggled looking for work and complained about the alleged economic crises.
A friend explained to me, “just get something for the time being while you look for something better. “ The best little nugget of advice I heard was think about how you can help or be of service in the workplace. Up until then I was always thinking about what is in it for me? Instead of the job being just a paycheck or hating the job, I thought about what I could do to add to the stream of life. How can I bring something positive to this world, my workplace, or my fellow man? When I bring that attitude into the world I am rewarded with bigger and better opportunities.
Reinventing yourself is never easy. Taking an entry-level job, and being grateful for the opportunity is a humbling experience. When I thought about what I could do to help the reputation of my company or better serve their customers, I got a sense of pride in my work. I got the most out of that job and eventually moved up to better paying gigs. When I set aside my pride I was able to be grateful for my humble job, knowing that it was a stepping-stone to something greater.
Affirmation: I honor my true self by being the best me I can be!
Call to action: In order to become the best I can be in the future, I have to start living today as if I had that perfect job or situation. It is Friday so for the rest of today, do the work in front of yourself as if it is saving lives, the truth is it just may save the dream life the you so desperately want to experience…
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