Why your boring job is perfect for you

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There are so many interesting things going on in our time in terms of how much more of a space there is for contributing creatively to the world versus back in the day when everything was about mass producing. In that sense I feel like there is room for us to all give our unique contribution to the world.

However truth be told, on the way to that there are so many loops and turns, and I am sure that at some point you can find yourself in a situation that seems so far from where you plan to be, and you just wonder, what am I going to do with all my ideas? Am I even any step closer to my dreams? I’ve been there many times.

I was reading about the example I gave in number 3 below that sparked this post and I thought I should share.  So here are my thoughts on my tongue in cheek title 🙂

First of all, a boring job is a great way to know what you do NOT want to do with your life.

Most of us seem to be comfortable but not excited, possibly living a decent life but not our best lives. At least YOU feel something even if it is tedium or frustration. Sometimes we need that extra push and this can be just what you need to finally overcome your fears and take the risk of giving your dreams a shot.

Secondly, your boring job just might be freeing up your mental energy for your passion.

While waiting for something more fulfilling, this is the perfect time to redirect your mental energy into creative expression. Since your emotional energy is not being fully tapped by your job, you have more than enough of it to focus on the things you are truly passionate about.

Albert Einstein did the exact same thing. When he graduated in 1900 at the bottom of his class, he could not get a job as a teacher for obvious reasons. However his father offered him an engineering job, and he also had the opportunity of getting a lucrative job in insurance but he turned both down because he didn’t want that to drain his mental energy (isn’t that interesting?).

Instead he took a boring job in a patent office where he would just be analyzing applications. Doing this sharpened his reasoning skills; also because it was so mundane he was able to do it quickly and then focus on his own ideas while at work. It was while working this boring job that he did most of the work that would be his theory of relativity.

Maybe there could be an opportunity for your own personal learning goals while working a boring job? Something to think about.

Thirdly, a boring job might be an opportunity for fresh insight. 

Remember the boring article I was reading? It was about the history of public health. I don’t like history BUT, I read about an interesting story from the 1700s. Back then scientists were still arguing about what causes food to go bad. A scientist called Lazzaro Spallanzani discovered that you could prevent things from spoiling by keeping them in air tight conditions and applying heat. While scientists were still debating this (then they didn’t believe microbes were in the air), a distiller and confectioner in Paris took this idea and applied it to his business in the food industry to preserve food and wine. While the scientific world was catching up to reality a Parisian businessman was using this discovery in the food industry.

Sometimes staying stuck in one field keeps you narrow-minded. Getting out of it even if it is due to a mundane job can give you fresh inspiration. Think about it; sometimes the most creative ideas come from people completely out of the field.

So there you go. Even though you might feel stuck and stifled in your creativity or personal fulfilment, maybe there is some value in the mundane if you look closely enough. Your boring job might just be watering those seeds of greatness in you. Maybe the question is not about your circumstances but about whether you will still go to work in pursuing those things dear to you that the world just might be waiting for.

Do you have any more reasons to add? How did you get something generative out of a mundane circumstance?

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How to find peace of mind- Change the locks

Have you ever had a great insight while sleeping? Image

I have. I did a quick youtube video to share an insight that has been on my mind all week.

It is on having peace of mind – something we could all use.

Watch it- especially if you are the creative, intuitive, analytical type- like me- haha

Going outside your comfort zone sucks!

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Happy new year.

So today is the first day of my video blog- yay!

I was at the airport today and thought it would be a great place to meet people to interview because people travelling would tend to be open, adventurous etc. Right?

I talked to a few people at Calgary Airport, and got a lot of ‘no’s to my surprise. One man I talked to actually refused to tell me his name and asked me instead – ‘What do you want from me?’ haha

So I was (more than) a bit upset, decided to forget about doing the interview and just wanted to head home.

I got on the bus 300 which heads to the city centre from the airport and guess what? I met Phyllis- this beautiful woman who struck up a conversation with me as we tried to figure out what time the bus would be coming from the bus schedule posted beside the bus stop.

She struck me as a very open and kind person. She even gave me her scarf to wear until the bus came for us because I was under dressed for the cold.

She was comfortable with just the first two questions which is fine nonetheless. I hope to meet up with her again because she has an amazing personality.

Thank you Phyllis!

When doing a pilot for the video blog, the first person I interviewed was so friendly that I didn’t think it would be a big deal and so I forgot one key thing- going outside your comfort zone sucks. However today I was reminded of just that. Its not as fun as the idea of it sounds. Infact if it sucks, then you know you have truly gone outside of your comfort zone and hopefully as you keep on, your comfort zone will keep expanding.

So if you are planning to take some big leaps of faith this year don’t expect to always feel happy about it all the time. However, don’t stop if it sucks, rather take it as a positive reinforcement that shows that you are growing.

I started this blog to see the similarities that people in different places share. However, today has taught me that this will also be an opportunity for me to move outside my comfort zone. Therefore I will also share about my personal growth, my entrepreneurial endeavours and other exciting tidbits about my life along the line.

Happy new year. I hope 2013 is a year of growth and fulfilment.

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