“ Dear youth in the office: I, too, belong in this group. And, I, too, have felt your frustration. I’ve held various occupations since I was 16, and I’ve pushed paper in Dilbert’s office. I struggle between not feeling on track to achieve my full potential and a reality check. If I may make a suggestion that would provide you with a fresh set of eyes, it would be this: …
Sit in a “real” diner. One that Jonathan Gold would never been interested in visiting. Perhaps one in a struggling small town. Take a seat, look into the kitchen and observe the hourly workers prepare your meal.
Breathing in fumes and lard day after day in hairnets covered in grease…Then observe them when they clean up at the end of the day. Rinsing the kitchen mats, rinsing other people’s food off dishes, mopping the floor (I used to whine about this). Then reflect on your perspective again. Passion about one’s work often comes from being proud of the job you’ve done no matter what type of work you do. Pride in one’s work brings the “joy” you described. Enjoyment in one’s work comes with the sense of ownership you get when you give even the smallest paper-pushing task your absolute best effort while biting your tongue. It comes from feeling like you’ve grown and have crossed a rite of passage. All those people at the top whom I admire and strive to emulate have had to “do the dishes” at some point in their lives. It’s a prerequisite and a rite of passage for anyone on the path to achievement. Best of luck to you. Onward!“
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You’ve heard the comparison before: a job search is like looking for a mate.
If this analogy is anywhere near accurate, then I’m currently reading the job seeker’s version of Neil Strauss’ “Rules of the Game”.
His name is Harper. And according to the story’s main character, he’s “big in the right places and small in the right places”. The book’s title is “Harper’s Rules”, and the story is an entertaining account of the relationship between a superstar recruit and her superstar recruiter.
I don’t have an opinion on whether or not I see job-seeking as completely akin to mate-seeking, however, I agree there are at least a few similarities. More importantly for myself, however, are the witty Harper-isms that make me laugh out loud and take notes.
Some of “Harper’s Rules” on finding the best path to your dream job:
- Put your personal network on notice.
- Use direct, simple language.
- Network with two headhunters that specialize in your niche.
- Do your homework.
- Your resume is a highlight film; it’s SportsCenter, not the unedited game footage.
- Your resume is an advertisement; it is not an affidavit.
- Don’t accept a counteroffer after terminating your relationship with your employer.
- Cultures don’t change. You assimilate or you leave.
- If you’ve stopped laughing, quit immediately.
- If none of the original reasons why you took the job are still valid, or you settled for less than what you were meant to do, your dream will haunt you till you leave.
Yup. He’s a sexy recruiter alright. And, I like his style (Apologies in advance for the plethora of Harper-isms you’ll be seeing in our tweets as I finish reading the book).
Have a great day!!!
OUR PLAN: Achieve an athletic and graceful dancer’s physique (a la Sophia Boutella)
Dancers seem to have the perfect combination of fluidity, grace and strength. To appear graceful in one’s clothes yet feel confident and able to pack a mighty punch gives a girl a sort of edge noticeable in her walk.
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