Hi Shaun, I hope all is well today. I would like to start by saying I really enjoy reading your site, and I know some friends I have linked it to over the past year have found it as beneficial as I. The first article I read was about The Working Dead. I must say at first I saw it as nothing but a really funny article. It was funny as hell. I began to laugh out loud at certain points while sitting at my desk at work. After reading a few other posts, I began to really see the lessons and points of view you are trying to convey, and realized how important some of them are. After reading yesterday’s post I decided I would write you a quick thanks for helping me: Your writing has inspired me to drop any trends that are not progressive. I liked my job of 3 years but did not see it going anywhere, and I did not want to be the working dead. I spoke with my employer about what the next step could be, and now 8 weeks later I have completed certification courses and passed the CA life/health insurance agent licensing exam. I don’t want to write out my whole personal story as I’m sure you have heard a million more or less the same, I just wanted to let you know that your writing motivated me to move forward with my career and my life. Thanks, keep up the good work as I am sure there are countless others who have found meaning in your work. Good luck.
What I liked most about Jeff’s message was what he said about dropping trends that aren’t progressive. It seemed profound to me because it’s a way to create positive change in your life that I had never given much thought to.
Drop trends that aren’t progressive. Be progressive.
Don’t settle. Always yearn for more.
Having taken the time to stop and think about it, I realize that it’s practically common sense. Consequently, I’m embarrassed that I haven’t made more conscious attempts to be progressive at my new job.
What Jeff did was progressive: In order to avoid settling at his job, he asked for more. He approached his employer saying that he was prepared to advance. As a result, he gained a specialization. He obtained the corresponding certifications and license.
Put another way, he moved up.
The weird thing about it was that after he did it, he thanked me! I understand that Jeff can say that I helped inspire him to do what he did — but really, he accomplished it on his own. He made the choice to be progressive, live consciously, and learn something new.
I’m happy that he shared his triumph with me, because it’s helping me realize that I should be aiming to move up at my job also. Granted, I’ve already been putting in more hours than are required — but I believe that showing up early and leaving late are actions that mostly go unnoticed.
What’s most interesting about the timing of Jeff’s message is that until recently, I’ve been working at an office each day answering phones. This past week, however, I was invited to join the company’s “Install Team” to set up some new sites in New York.
This means that instead of babysitting a phone all day, I was working outside with my hands. I was spending time with a different group of people, learning new things from them, and having a blast doing it.
By the end of the week I was exhausted, sunburned, and anxious to fly home again. Strangely, as tired as I felt, it was a good kind of tired — because I felt like I was on vacation even though I was working.
When I came home and read Jeff’s email in my inbox, it was impeccable timing. I say this because if I hadn’t received it, there is a good chance that I would have gone right back to my work routine. I’d think to myself, “That was nice while it lasted,” and then obediently return to my spot next to the phone without a second thought.
I have the option to ask for more. I have the choice to be progressive. I can tell my employer that I want to be a permanent member of the Install Team.
Maybe the Install Team has enough members already. Maybe someone else in the company has seniority over me for switching departments. Maybe the Service Center can’t afford to lose me.
Or maybe I’m exactly what the Install Team has been looking for.
All I know is that I want more. More importantly, I must tell my employer that I want more — how else would they find out that I want to be progressive?
|If you've found this website helpful, please click the PayPal button. You will be helping me pursue my dream career as a writer. Thanks for your support!|