Problems are Opportunities
Don’t think “If I’m in the right job, I won’t have any problems.”
This is certainly not the case. Without problems, there aren’t opportunities. And without opportunities. you can’t grow, take on more responsibility, or make the impact you want in your life (all aspects of life). There is not such a thing as separating work / life “balance”. There IS the strive for sharing the time appropriately and trying to have hard stops, but they just overlap too much. I used to keep 2 separate priroity list, 1 for work and 1 for personal/life. I was discussing this with a collegue and he said there is only 1 YOU, how do you really prioritize the things you have to do today. I had 2 lists for things today, which I have not been succefully been able to get them done as there was always the constant tension of which one goes first. This initially is a problem, but further investigation and in the proper mind set – it is an opportunity to yet improve again :). I am still working on merging the today activities, but then keeping the “things I only can do” list separate. I think eventually this will have to be merged, but will keep working at it.
Meaning quote from management consultant Robert Updegraff:
You ought to be glad for the troubles on your job because they provide about half your income. If it were not for the things that go wrong, the difficult people with whom you deal, and the problems of your working day, someone could be found to handle your job for half of what you are being paid.
So start looking for more troubles. Learn to handle them cheerfully and with good judgment, as opportunities rather than irritations, and you will find yourself getting ahead at a surprising rate. For there are plenty of big jobs waiting for people who are not afraid of troubles.