Changing jobs is kind of like going to high school. Both are filled with long periods of awkwardness, sad times, fake kindness, and clever scheming.
At my old job, I was the man! I knew how everything worked. You wanted to know something you would ask for me. I’d built up a pretty good reputation around the job, and people who knew me (or knew of me) respected me. I had my routine down for getting work done, and I was pretty good at it. I invested 5 years of my life into trying to get better at what I did. Poured great effort into ensuring that I was able to give the best customer service I possibly could. The highest points of my experiences were when I could make friends with my co-workers and promote things running smoothly at the store. Over time, I’d figured out exactly what my niche was. I was able to position myself just the way I wanted to, in the store and out of the store. I worked myself into a position within the company that I really liked. Comfortability was what drove me. Things came so easy for me, that I had to remind myself to seek out the challenges in my day. I was like that kid who was the star jock/overachiever. I liked to have people’s eyes on me, and I was generally liked by everyone in the school. I knew all the secrets, the in and outs of the school. If you needed a work-around to something, I’d be the one that you would want to seek out. You could equate me to the wily upperclassman, with so much experience under my belt, that you’d want me to be in your corner. Confident, proud, and knowledgeable. That was me!
One fateful day, however, that all changed. I placed an application into a pool, and I was selected to join a new company. It was all quite exciting and sad at the same time. Here was an opportunity to leave a place that I had known for a long time, a place that I had gotten comfortable with. Within me grew the excitement that comes with pondering possibilities. I was actually quite ready to move on! Once I stepped into the office for the first day, I realized that I had once again become that freshman. I was shy, gawking, and I had that “freshly landed in a place where he doesn’t quite belong” aura all around me. Fumbling around a new place where I had to digest large amounts of knowledge and where I’m the bottom rung on a long ladder. It’s at times, pretty disheartening. I’d forgotten how it felt to be in that position. Being vulnerable and needing lots of help from people was something that had forgotten about. One of the most interesting things about it, is me having to learn to regain my confidence about things. I know what I’m capable of, but it is easy to be timid towards taking big steps. I’m learning again to strive for small celebrations and self accolades. Those are the things that keep me hungry and wanting to make myself better each day that I go to work. I will soon begin to look at things as a personal challenge, instead of daunting tasks that might lead to my failure in my newest role.
Why is that?…
There’s something about humans that seems to happen quite often. Sometimes it happens without us knowing or being aware of it in the least bit. We get comfortable. Comfortability can destroy even the most diligent person. Once you feel like you’ve reached the highest level you can, it seems that hitting the cruise control button to get through things is inevitable. In some of us, there is a great pull towards complacency when we’ve achieved a certain amount of understanding/respect/knowledge. We tend to take things easy, once we’ve gotten through the hard stuff. This is a problem!
People lose their humility with the more they learn. It is possible to be humble and very knowledgeable about something, but those two things don’t often go hand in hand down the street, skipping and singing at the top of their lungs. Maintaining your humility is one of the great lessons in life. There will always be someone better than you. Some of the most successful people in the world realize that it’s not exactly about how much you can do, but it’s about how you do it. As long as you’re successful in trying, you don’t have to be an expert at anything. I think it’s a little too easy to just punch out in life, and let auto pilot do all the work. That’s not a posture of learning. Having that posture is the best thing that someone can take with them anywhere. If you are willing to learn, you are still willing to work hard. Once you are satisfied with what you’re doing, it can be terribly difficult to put much of yourself into it.
I’m slowly learning that being able to survive the regression is what makes people successful. It is a good idea to continually put yourself into situations that will make you question your motives and your methods.
Keep yourself on your toes!
Perhaps that is the secret to true success…
who knows?! I just don’t like feeling as if I’m a failure. This gives me a positive outlook on things 🙂 Everyone could use that right?