Remember that feeling on your first day of work. Not your first day of your current job, but your first day of work ever. For me it was an up swelling of pride and independence. It was also nerves and anxiety, but eventually all of that settled down and I got into a rhythm. I learned a lot in that first job. I learned about the value of hard work, I learned that time equals money and most importantly I learned that in work, as in life, you have to earn what you get. At least for us common folk.
I had a boss who cared for me and yet he challenged me. He pushed me at times, but at the end of the day I was rewarded in so many ways. That job built a foundation for me. It provided me with a toolkit for how to work. I was young, but could be stubborn, and that job taught me about humility. It was one of the best lessons I’ve ever had. I’ve tried to remain humble ever since. Confident, but humble. I feel like there’s nothing I can’t accomplish, but i don’t need to brag to the world about it.
As you reflect on your first job, think about how you felt and what you learned. Do you still draw on that today? Have you passed those values and learnings on to peers? Have you thought about how you can build an experience for you and your people that brings back those initial feelings of excitement, pride and independence? If you’re feeling stuck in the middle and you feel like there’s no place for you to go, I challenge you to reshape your role, your environment and your behaviors.
The most important thing that you can do is to find that feeling of independence. To figure out a way to feel passionate again about what you do. There’s no secret sauce, no remedy, you need to find what works specific to you. Life’s too short to feel stuck. How you get unstuck is going to be based on how motivated you are for that challenge. Remember your early lessons, time is money, you earn your keep and you earn what’s coming to you. Even if the odds feel stacked against you, it’s on you to make the shift.