Are you stuck in a job that’s making you miserable? Do you wonder how you got to this point? Most of us have been there at one time and based on my experience, I am sure things really stink and am sorry for your pain. But, with a change of perspective, you can benefit from this mess through some valuable lessons. It is not often that life presents a steady stream of opportunities to practice and learn:
- that taking long deep breaths, when you feel like screaming, can relax your system
- how to NOT get rattled in the face of insanity (see above)
- how to just let the craziness roll off (ditto)
- how to take time to respond rather than saying the first thing that comes to mind
- that sometimes no response is the best response
- how to have difficult conversations in a cool and calm manner
- how to be gracious and take the high road in every circumstance (this is especially hard)
Very often bad jobs and bad management go hand in hand. It is unfortunate and tough, but you really can grow by observing and learning, especially what NOT to do. Exploit your situation. Take in everything you can. Practice these lessons over and over. Make mastery of them a goal before you move on. You and your career will benefit enormously.
And, to help you through, some George Harrison songs:
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Martin Scorsese HBO documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World.