It’s a Long Game

By, 01/27/2016

How long have you been working? One year? Five? Ten? Or maybe you’re on the job hunt now, about to begin your career. Regardless, if you’re reading this blog, chances are you likely have decades before retirement. That’s a long time, and the prospect of many more years of work may sound daunting. But it doesn’t have to be!

Yes, on a day-to-day basis, work can be stressful, monotonous, frustrating and outright boring. But when you take a longer view of your career, you’ll start seeing just how much growth you’ve undergone—and how much growth you have yet to experience. Consider your very first day of work: Most, if not all, the faces at the office were unfamiliar; your knowledge base was limited; you likely made simple mistakes during routine procedures. Now compare that to today—you’re likely eons ahead of where you were when you started. And on the flip side, your career will likely look very different in the next one, five and ten years! You may go into management, become a mentor or work on important projects you couldn’t have fathomed on your first day. You might be in a whole different industry. While short-term struggles may sting, they also don’t have to define what your career ultimately becomes in the long term