Toxic Workplaces: How to Stay Positive
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Keeping a positive mindset in a toxic work environment can be an extremely difficult task. I've spent some time in toxic work places and motivating workplaces and there is a vast difference between employee moral …

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Measuring Success

Submitted by on Monday, 18 January 2010No Comment
Measuring Success

A friend of mine and I were having a chat over the weekend and he was so very critical about himself and his life. He told me that he is always down because he works a job he hates, dedicates his life to other things than himself and overall is unhappy. He mentioned to me that there was no benefit for him to go to school and get a degree in business because it landed him a very unpleasant lifestyle. So I had some general feedback from him, it wasn’t supposed to be earth shattering nor was it supposed to change his life but just be enough to appreciate what he has that others lack. First, in 2009 we had a terrible recession that has caused many to lose their jobs, homes and even loved ones. I told him that some people who were working respectable jobs are now taking on any odd job to pay the bills. Furthermore I told him that he has a degree while others can’t even afford that in today’s world. Last I told him that he isn’t wrong for feeling the way he does, but there will always be people that are better off and worse off than him – this is a fundamental learning lesson of life.

It’s true that in order to be successful in life you need to be happy and enjoy what you do, the converse statement may not be the case; that is being successful in life (defined by wealth), may not necessarily make you happy. The point is you need to find your passion and focus on that. Its great that you have a degree or some form of higher education which can be used in your career assuming that makes you happy or used as a backup while you search for your passion. Don’t be afraid to trial and error, after all we have one life to live, so why not do something that makes you happy. Having that conversation with him was not only a great way to pass on some feedback but also an eye opener for me. The point at which you can accept that you aren’t the best nor the worst and understand what makes you happy, is the point I feel that you’ve attained ultimate success.

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