Many years ago, a friend was venting to me about his job and how difficult the leadership and economy was making it to earn a living. So many changes, policies, and turn-over was occurring that it made it difficult to proactively and adequately serve his clients and earn a living. Things seemed to change almost daily. The policies and procedures that were in place yesterday would nearly change within a few days. He would quote a client with an approved price and lengthy proposal, then later, additional charges were mandated on the quote that I was required to pass on to the customer. He was many months into the year, and the present year’s compensation plan was not even released. If mistakes would occur, even if he proved it was not his mistake, he was still penalized or charged back on the deal. One of the managers didn’t seem to keep his promises and would change his mind at their first glimpse of objection by any source or resource. Many fellow peers were very disgruntled and customer service was blaming sales, sales was blaming shipping and shipping was blaming customer service. Support and administration often voiced that they hated their jobs, and tardiness increased greatly.
I listened intently to my friend’s venting. Then I said, “If you don’t like it, change it.” He pondered on that reply. He then replied, “How can I change it? I am middle sales management. I’m not the CEO…” Then I said something he had already heard me say at a speaking engagement in the past, “Love what you do and do what you love. You can find positives in almost anything. Count your positives, advantages, and blessings.”
I further expounded, “Friend if you can’t love what you do, and do what you love; If you see no way to turn things around and make it a positive and find a way to enjoy what you are doing, then change it.” He could either find a way to cope with the chaos and find positives, which he often did. Or he could change it.
No job is perfect. A good career takes hard work, that’s why it’s called work. Anything worth having take’s work, anything worth having is worth working for. However if things have come to the point that you hate what you do, and dread it so much that you don’t even want to step through the door, then you may need to change it. If you and things around you are so stagnant and the hope of things to change for the good is very dismal, then take the proactive and positive actions to change the present, now. If it is detrimental to your success, happiness, and well-being; then you may need to seek out a new career. However, you must be proactive in doing so. Maybe it is as simple as moving into another position within your company? Maybe it is proactively going after that promotion? Maybe you have the ideas and knowledge that will be well received by leadership to change things for the good, increase sales, increase moral, and make the company better? Maybe it will take additional education and training? Or maybe it’s time to polish that resume and getting it out there and network with other professionals or mentors to advise and help guide you into a new career path? It may not be that you have failed at this job, the industry may have failed, or the job may have failed you and is not, at all, the job you once had or was promised.
One thing is sure, things change. The economy changes. People and customers may change. Technology advances at lightning speed. Culture changes. Companies change, downsize or fail. It doesn’t mean you have to fail with them.
If you don’t like where you are, what is around you and where you are going, then change it. You have the power to change it and the attitude you approach it. You cannot single-handedly change the economy. You cannot change what people may say or do, however you may be able to influence people and you can change what you say, do, and think. You are in control of your attitude, perspective, approach, and actions.
“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs; the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to change it.”