Climate Change

For those of you who live in Kansas you may have noticed that we got snow last night. In the middle of October. Quick note: I don’t like snow until December. Regardless of how you feel about the changing climate of our world, it’s important to recognize the changing climate of the team you work on.

I’ve worked on several different teams in jobs I liked, and jobs I didn’t. Some of the jobs that weren’t very rewarding (working in a hot warehouse over the summer months of college) were fun for me because I enjoyed my coworkers. Some of the jobs I had that paid the most (commission-based sales jobs) were extremely unenjoyable because it was a cutthroat environment with my coworkers. The jobs I had the best experiences in and were hard to leave were ones that didn’t pay the most, or always have the best customers, they were the ones where I worked on a really solid team of people.

This boils down to just a few main points for me. I read an article once that said, “don’t choose your job based on the pay, you are going to spend what you make.” I have found this to be true. There are always more things I wish I could do or have, if only I had a little bit more money. But the truth is, I budget for the things that are most important to me and end up spending about the same percentage of my paycheck. So, I would agree, don’t choose a career based on the pay. Secondly, find a way for your work to mean something to you. This may seem obvious, but I’ve found that if you are passionate about the work you are doing, you are more likely to put in extra time learning about it and becoming an expert on your area. Lastly, find a climate you can thrive in. If you spend the majority of your waking hours during the week at your job and you don’t enjoy your coworkers that can make for a miserable experience. Unless you work in HR, you most likely don’t get to choose your coworkers. You only get to choose your attitude towards them. My strategy has always been, control what you can control and learn to adjust to the things you can’t. I’m not saying it’s perfect and I have it all figured out, but I think that’s a good place to start. After all, even the weathermen can’t change the climate.


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