Grass is always greener on the other side

Curt Rosengren at Worthwhile blog, points to an article about a survey on career change.

Interestingly more than 50% of the 1700 global executives say that they want to do something very different with their careers. If you include the “may be” responses, the percentage goes up to 75%.

Here are my observations:

  • I wish they had asked one more question “Are you bringing your 110% into your current job everyday?” and it would be interesting to watch the responses. Most of the time, the job is not the problem, it is our commitment to bring more of  ourselves to the job
  • If 75% of these people were thinking of a completely different career, my thinking is that half of them are fantasizing and romanticizing that the other job is better than their current one. Meaning they are comparing the worst in their jobs to the best in the jobs they are aspiring to get. This strategy often fails as once they do get the other job, they will start comparing the worst in the new job with the best in their previous jobs. It’s a “no-win” situation.
  • Lastly, I believe that each one of us should identify ourselves with a rather than a job.

Come on, we are all bigger than our jobs 🙂