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Your Career is No Joke

You may remember this classic Henny Youngman joke:

     Patient: Doctor, it hurts when I do this.

     Doctor: Then stop doing that.

This is good advice in all areas of your life.

It is especially good career advice.

If going to work "hurts," you may want to stop doing that.

Being "hurt" can feel like boredom, lack of enthusiasm, stress, anxiety, being underappreciated, or moving through a toxic environment. 

A quick exercise to gauge your career hurt.

If you are at work and reading this right now or, if not, then imagine you are at work and close your eyes. Take a couple of deep breaths and ask yourself where you fall on this spectrum:
Do you find it surprising that, in a world where we love our creature comforts, people will stay in a job that hurts versus making a change?

Here’s Another Fun Fact

If you work 40 hours a week for 50 weeks out of the year that equates to 2,000 hours per year.

If you work from age 18 and retire at 68, you will work for 50 years.

Doing the math, 2,000 hours per year X 50 years = 100,000 hours of work over your lifetime.

No wonder so many people don't like math!

I want to feel the love, please!

Of course, I know it's not practical to just stop going to work, but you can reduce the hurt with some simple changes.

If you are going to spend 100,000 hours at work then don’t you want it to feel more like love than hurt?

Career Change Tip of the Week
What to do When Your Job is Hurting You

It might not be the right time to switch jobs or maybe your job search has yet to bear fruit but you can make where you are at better right now.

5 Things you can do to make your current job feel hurt less:
  • Buy a succulent for your desk-plants are proven to reduce stress and increase productivity
  • Take a walk at lunch-studies show this will lift your mood and you will return to work calmer
  • Wear headphones and listen to music-music is proven to make doing repetitive tasks more fun
  • Do a Mad Libs-they never fail to bring a laugh and laughter improves your immune system
  • Delegate what you don’t love-and give someone else a chance to learn and grow
If your job is hurting you then give me a call. Let’s make a plan so you can fall in love with what is left of your 100,000 hours. Email me at or call me at 630/260-7821.

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Henny Youngman

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