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Take this job and love it!


As I think back through the years, it seems to me that at any point in time I have been in touch with people who:

  • Are without work
  • Are in the wrong line of work that doesn’t suit who they are
  • Are under-employed
  • Are searching for a new line of work

As we turn the corner into 2018, If you fall into any of these categories here are a few things to consider as you “shop around,” get your resume updated and out there.

No job is perfect, which is to say that you enjoy 100% of everything you do. If you have something, or find something, that’s 75-90% of what you do actually enjoy, you have a pretty good job. The key is to “Make the best of your work the most of your work” (Marcus Buckingham.)

Where is the location of the place you will commute to in relationship to where you live and do lots of other things? I live in South Orange County and know people who drive into Los Angeles (a little over an hour one way). For a really great job it sounds doable at the start, but after a number of days/weeks of that drive on the freeway, you begin to wonder what you were thinking when you said yes.

The money? Okay so they are offering you a lot—in exchange for what: 70-80 hours a week? A toxic culture? An overbearing boss? An unsustainable pace? Pressure to produce with no let-up? Is it really worth it for your mental, emotional and spiritual health so you can buy more stuff, own more cars or nicer homes?

Your potential co-workers? Are they the kind of people you would enjoy working alongside for a number of years? You might have a great job in light of what you would be doing, but if the people you work with drain you rather then enthuse you, you might want to think twice. Be sure to interview some people who are currently working there as well as a few who have left

Your boss? A great job with a bad boss is, in reality a bad job. A job interview should be a two-way street; you should be interviewing him/her as well. What are his/her values? What are the expectations? How flexible and open to change is he/she? It has been said (and I believe it) that most people don’t leave a job, they leave a boss.

Do you have solid clarity on what you are really good at and enjoy doing? If you are not sure, email me ( and I will send you something which will help you with clarity as to your purpose and aid you in deciding what kind of job you should accept.

You will spend the lion’s share of your life working and, trust me, you don’t want to spend lots of those years doing what you really don’t like with people you’d rather not be around so you can have more stuff that you eventually leave to somebody else.


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