You may be in a new job, searching for work or seeking for ‘greener’ pastures outside your workplace. The reasons could be many and they could vary from a better salary, working hours, career growth or all the above. Sometimes, in life we are not able to achieve our ideal career or land the dream job due to uncontrollable factors such as  the high rate of unemployment, not having the right networks and having bills to pay because if you were to leave, then where would you get your daily bread from?

I have also gone through similar experiences from time to time and in a conversation with a former colleague about my former workplace he noted that office politics still continues but as an individual you have to know what brings you to work! A very profound statement from a former colleague I must say…… and it stands true for us all. Eventually, all of us must come to terms with who we are, what we want out of life, what we seek for in our workplaces and how to make that a reality. For those of us who are self-employed, we must also seek self-internalization about the the kind of work environment we want to create so that others want to remain focused and committed. I have come to the realization that individuals don’t quit or resign from their workplaces because they don’t find it exciting anymore, many of them do so due to ‘poor’ and ‘archaic’ management styles , so they leave managers behind and not jobs!

Wherever you are and whatever you do, work hard, remain committed, put in the long hours and have a smile on your face despite the office politics and other challenges before you. This is the attitude that I am striving to cultivate. And when you are asked how work is going? With a smile and enthusiasm say it’s going well, notwithstanding, that it may be going to the contrary!

I conclude with the wise words of  Dale Carnegie from ‘HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING’:

By thinking the right thoughts, you can make any job less distasteful. Your boss wants you to be interested in your job so that he will make more money. But let’s forget about what the boss wants. Think only of what getting interested in your job will do for you. Remind yourself that it may double the amount of happiness you get out of life, for you spend about one half of your waking hours at your work, and if you don’t find happiness in your work, you may never find it anywhere. Keep reminding yourself that getting interested in your job will take your mind off your worries, and, in the long run, will probably bring promotion and increased pay. Even if it doesn’t do that, it will reduce fatigue to a minimum and help you enjoy your hours of leisure.”