Life is difficult. 2016 was a tough year for many people. I interview people all day, 5 days per week. I’m fairly empathetic, able to pick up on subtle clues (and not so subtle complaining), and would say about 85% of the people that I speak with on a daily basis are frustrated in some manner with their employment. They might be underemployed, aggravated with their boss, feel marginalized at work, fearful of being laid off, or any manner of other workplace challenges. The majority of the people I speak with have a poor mindset. Here is the remainder of the “Life is difficult” quote by M. Scott Peck:
“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
How can you apply this wisdom to your career? First, you are not your job. Your work can bring great meaning, but your employment is a small fraction of your true self and should never determine your happiness. Second, your job isn’t supposed to always be easy. Your boss isn’t in charge of your happiness. Know this as truth, accept it, and transcend via your thought life. Change your mindset. Change your story. Change your life.