What to do when you hate your job and everybody around you make more money than you?

This month seemed so undirected. I?m trying to go in one direction but there are so many possibilities. So many chances. I have been thinking a lot about making up to my potential. What does it mean? What my next action, a project should be. I’ve read tens of books, listen to hours of interviews, surprisingly three things were coming up over and over. One was the potential for growth, the job which you can pay a rent (starving artist are not a joke here) and other was passion or calling.  The whole problem is how to make money from what you are passionate about without destroying it, or at least trying to protect it.

In order to do that, in first you need to divide your work into three fields.

  • calling = what is true for you, where you feel fulfilled
  • career = how much potential there is, socio-economical system of rewards and advancements to increase spectrum
  • job = work set of actions to do, effect of your efforts, your ability to do the ?job?, your skill set

 

If you are looking for next big thing, or better facilitating your inner strengths here are few things you can do.

Calling

Get better know yourself. Look for feedback, know your strengths, leverage who you are. If you are not sure about your career and calling take a job. You will not burn any bridges because any decision won?t be sustainable anyway.  Travel. I didi it for a few months in 2013 and it was one of the best decisions up to date.

The money spent on experiences are the most worthwhile. Just before I have left home, I remember one of my friends – in few weeks, whatever you think you are, will stop exist. Only you need to take a shot and just try to find it.   Simple things like developing mission of what you do (I seek to understand to make a change). More you know about yourself, deeper you go, more you know and more solution you have. More effective you will be, bigger chances of fulfilled life you will have.

Career

Maybe focus on the career. Look for the potential to growth. How you rise your experience. When you are choosing a growth above anything else. Sheryl Salberg put it perfectly “reduce their career spreadsheets to one column: potential for growth?. If you have clarity, what would you like to do, maybe there is a time to give it a shot, and rise a stake. Maybe it is applying to ?dream job?. Maybe it is starting your own venue.

JobIf you look for more freedom and increasing of living conditions now look simply for a job. Maybe you have pursued your career for a long time, and you have a chance of making choices on your own. Maybe becoming a freelancer? Maybe looking for a job with better benefits?

If you look for more freedom and increasing of living conditions now look simply for a job. Maybe you have pursued your career for a long time, and you have a chance of making choices on your own. Maybe becoming a freelancer? Maybe looking for a job with better benefits?

Stay open

And there is one more thing, which I’m most interested in – legacy when you make something completely new from outside circumstances. For example take Jane McGonigal – creator of Superbetter method. She was focusing on benefits of playing games on happiness and actually designing games. And then she got injured really badly. While standing up she hit her head, and get brain concussion.When couldn’t recover, she applied what she knows in the field of games benefits like motivation, playfulness and made it successfully recovering from injury. She basically created the script (her book Superbetter) which is extremely useful when you want to recover from depression, concussion or just to have more freedom, playfulness in life.

Take Alan Touring. Mathematician, one of the best in the century. Most known from what is called Turing test – if you are not able to tell difference between artificial intelligence and human, AI has consciousness. Did it come from? Yes, he was the genius but rather this concept was from his personal life. It was times of WWII and living in Britain, being gay, was dangerous, it was prohibited. The only way to prove that you were straight was talking to somebody. If you could make it, hide it – you made it.

It is like not calcifying what we do just for a job title, but as well to solve our problems, to deal with them. To put them in new fields, to solve, previously not a solvable problem.

If you will take care about these questions, any problem of effectiveness will be solved. You need to know what you want before you choose what to do. There is not really one answer which a cover all of the answers. Somebody who will be looking for the big career there is some choices, somebody who will look for fulfillment there are some choices, somebody who look for good comfortable life there is a different set of strategies. We need to differentiate there and be aware of them.

Here is the list of resources which gave me huge help.

Books and magazines
Tools for discovering strengths

TED

If you have some comments leave below or contact me through twitter @charles_szpinda

 

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