Your Job is NOT Your Career

Today I was on the verge of my wits’ end, and ended up googling the words “I hate this job”

I am not a quitter, mind you. Never was, and hopefully never will be. I have always been one of those people that whenever someone tells me “You’ll never be able to pull it off”, it just adds fuel to my fire of determination.

I WILL prove them wrong.

But the past year has found me overworked yet underutilized. How is that possible? Well, I guess that’s what happens when you’re in an organization that’s “lean” in support functions. However, “lean” only works when there’s a good infrastructure and system in place. If things are still done manually, “lean” doesn’t work. And that is why I now feel stuck with too much paperwork, and too little time to actually do the projects that adds value.

It would be so easy to blame the situation, blame the supervisors, and the management. But then again I had to ask myself

What have I done to make the situation better? Have I made changes to the current “system”? Or at least propose a change?

This post by Edward Suhadi is one of my many favorites from his blog. I think the man is not just an amazing photographer and entrepreneur, he’s a very good writer as well. When I first read that post, I remember thinking : That’s easy for him to say. He’s making a living from his passion, which also happens to be one of the coolest jobs in the world. What about the rest of us unfortunate people?

Oy, the green eyed monster! It finds its prey so easily. Then after a while I thought :

Maybe the reason there’s so many people who aren’t  “lucky” enough to be able and make a living out of their passion, is because there’s not enough people brave enough to try.

So in 2013, I guess my challenge will be this : how good can I prepare myself? Banzai!

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