July 6, 2014

Stop Lying To Yourself About Your Career

You Can Handle The Truth. Please Stop Lying To Yourself About Your Career.

Honesty is always the best policy. Lying has no place in the workplace. It’s unprofessional, misleading, and disappointing when someone lies. So why are you lying to yourself?

We stumbled upon a great article on LifeHack.org called, 10 Lies To Stop Telling Yourself About Your Career. After reading this post, you might realize that you’re lying to yourself about your career.

In today’s economy, people change jobs and careers multiple times in a decade. It’s not like the good old days when you got a job and stayed with the same employer until you retired. You need to accept that and realize that, yes, change is scary, but it could be the best thing you ever do.

Staying in a job that makes you unhappy is a real downer. Now is the time to make a switch. Don’t allow lies to justify your unhappiness. It’s easy to hobble along and struggle our way through life using lies as crutches. But this is not what we should be doing. Why aren’t you making a move? Maybe it’s because you are telling yourself some of these lies:

  • I will only stay for another year. – One year will quickly turn into five or ten. Be careful.
  • I went to college for this. – According to LifeHack, 70% of workers do not use their college degree. Do what makes you happy.
  • There are no jobs out there. – We know this isn’t true. We have thousands of job listings on the job board. Search and apply for a new job today.
  • The pay is too good to leave. – You don’t know that until you shop around. If you do something you are passionate about, you may find that you don’t need as much money.
  • I don’t know how to start over. – Surf the web. There are books, websites, and blogs focusing on this exact issue. It’s not as hard as you might think.
  • My company needs me too much. – It’s hard to take, but you are replaceable. You’re company will get by without you.
  • I’m not too unhappy. – If you aren’t happy, you’re doing something wrong.
  • I’m too old to start a new career. – You’re not too old to try something new. That’s ridiculous.
  • I’ve put too much time into my career. – Unless you’re sticking around for finacial reasons (stock options, pensions, etc), this shouldn’t hold you back from seeking out a meaningful job.
  • I don’t know how to do anything else. – A new path can be revitalizing. Utilize the internet, go back to school, get some training.

Read more about these lies on LifeHack.org’s original post.

Making a switch is a scary endeavor. Usually you’ll be happy with the results if you make good decisions. Don’t get stuck in a job or career that you don’t enjoy. You’ll hate it and you’ll begin to regret your decisions. If you find yourself lying about your career, take a stand. Tell the truth. Find a new path.

Start your new job search on the JobMonkey Job Board.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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