Daily Archives: March 6, 2008

from boxing to gardening: career transitions.

When speaking of his particular vocation, Muhammad Ali said, “It’s just a job.  Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.  I beat people up.”  You might not float like a butterfly and sting like a bee during your work day, but whatever your job is, you have one and I have one.  And, it’s just a job.  However, since most of us have to be somewhere for eight hours a day, we all do the best we can to make the most of it until we come to the end of our workday. 

Maybe you absolutely love your job!  But maybe there is room for improvement.  Perhaps a little less complaining would make your time at the office more enjoyable or perhaps laying a little more blame instead?  A lot of us have experienced the cubicle, the least hospitable environment on Earth, but we have many books to feng shui your workspace and to awaken your day to increase your job satisfaction.Take comfort in knowing that there are those with worse jobs than yours.  And that there are always other jobs in the sea.  Take advantage of the 48 hours of your weekend to find the work you love and then get out of your funk.  Learn to get along with not-so-easy-to-get-along-with-coworkers or implement a rather provocative workplace rule.  Visit the Job Career Education Center upstairs on the 3rd floor where the career-savvy staff can find materials that will help you determine your next occupation-centric steps.  All of these resources will help you to love, change, laugh at, and slow down your daily grind.

With spring on the way, another idea is offered by Orson Scott Card who says, “Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.”  It certainly isn’t necessary to quit your job to dig in the dirt, but why not take a day off and grab some seeds and a shovel?



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