In this job you’re either kissing the ceiling or slumped on the floor.
It’s not a career for anyone who craves routine, stability, for anyone who wants to know exactly how things are at any one time. As things stand, I have a candidate at final interview on Wednesday. if he does well, I may make a placement on Thursday. I have another candidate at final interview on Friday, and a third for whom I will know if an acceptable offer is being extended the same day. I have absolutely no idea as to whether any of these deals will actually come off.
Sometimes I wish I was selling baked beans. At least then there wouldn’t be two buyers and two sellers in each transaction, with a product that is materially different in every sale.
I’ve had a crap run of luck recently - hence the limited amount of posting here whilst I try to make things work. One thing working in recruitment does teach you though, is the importance of not giving up, and how when things may seem impossible, that they can change very quickly.
It’s one of the reasons I post motivational quotes here - as much to give myself the occasional kick up the arse that I need when I’m feeling sorry for myself as to provide a bit of support to anyone who happens to be reading this blog.
Anyway, you might be thinking, why the totally unrelated photo of pretty flowers at the top of this post? Because it’s been proven that looking at nice pictures works quite well to calm you down, to make you feel better about yourself and life in general. Sure, it’s not as good as being outside in the fresh air, but it’s better than nothing.
So if you’re in a tough place right now, keep your chin up, go for a walk, or at least have a look at some nice landscape photos!
My little sister came home from school one day and demanded I take her to the library so she could get books on sign language.
I asked why?
She told me there was a new kid at school who was deaf and she wanted to befriend him.
Today, I stood beside her at their wedding watching her sign… “I DO”.
I’m not sure where this originally comes from (it was posted on Quora), but it’s such a great story I wanted to copy it here.
"Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy."
"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
— Winston Churchill
Asking “what are you good at?”, in my opinion, can be essentially the same as asking, “what is your passion?”
In both cases, you’re placing the source of career satisfaction in matching your job to an intrinsic trait.
And this is dangerous.
As readers of SO GOOD know, career satisfaction almost always follows: (a) building up a rare and valuable skill; then (b) using this skill as leverage to take control of your working life.
If you lead a student believe that making the right job choice is what matters for career happiness (whether you’re choosing based on “passion” or identifying “what you’re good at”), you’re setting them up for confusion when they don’t feel immediate and continuous love for their work.
Cal Newport (via uminoko)
Very true…I think there can be a danger in following your passion, if this isn’t tempered by the reality of what has to be done day by day to make it a success from a career perspective. Some things are best as a hobby…
"Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained."
— Helen Keller