The winds of work are variable in the extreme.
One day we’re operating at our highest point of contribution, creating significant value at within the organization, the next day we’re sneaking off during lunch to do job interviews with potential employers.
It’s confusing and stressful and frustrating.
But the good news is, when we view our career as a long arc game, treating each of our jobs as stopovers on our lifelong journey of personal growth, we are less likely to panic at the day to day fluctuations.
Even if a particular gig or project does go south, we trust that our wealth of unique experiences, instincts and skills that combine to form our talents, goes north.
Because each time we move from one organization to another, we bring more value with us. We are that much more evolved and sophisticated than when we started. And even if our previous employer does have amnesia about our contribution to its body of work, we don’t forget.
To paraphrase the bravest warrior in history:
They can take our job, but they can’t take our experience.
And so, shitty days notwithstanding, let us remember that it is always within our power to make our skill indispensable.
We take ourselves with us everywhere we go.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Is there anything on the native ground of your own experience that can serve you in the future?
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