Ford’s reputation

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. Henry Ford

In my repetitive thought process regarding what to do when I grow up I also ask myself, “Am I the only person with these thoughts?” If I am, establishing myself as an authority to make you feel better isn’t going to work. If there are others who think they are meant to be doing something else – if they could just figure out what it is – you are in the right place.

I went to a new church and met several people. Afterwards I went to breakfast with my friend and on our way back to our cars we caught up with some of the folks from church. Quickly, the conversation turned from our delicious breakfasts to dreading going to work the next day. One of the guys said:

“You know, I thought I was going to change the world…go to school, become a lawyer…really change the world. Now, I just want a job that I work from 9-to-5 with a 401k and two weeks vacation. I realized in my senior year that I’m not going to change the world. I’m not going to ruin the world…I’ll recycle. But I go to work so I can retire and sit my ass on the beach for 10 days a year.”

We work so we can go on vacation and retire. Some people work so their kids can go to college and they can go on vacation and retire. If we can’t figure out what we want to do it is important to be in situations that won’t create crippling internal battles. Consider the positives about your job so you don’t spend every day dreading work. If no positives are to be found, consider what positives you do want from your job and begin the search.

Do not talk about the search, or think about the search, or hope you can get around to the search. Begin the search.

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