What drives Rethink Work? Why does the world need this site? Why is it different to any other?
To answer those questions, I created a list of 15 things I believe about jobs, work and making a living.
It’s probably not comprehensive, but it mostly covers it.
Do you believe the same things?
1 — Life is too short to be miserable in your job
It’s a total cliche but that’s because it’s true. And if you’re miserable in your job, you’ll be less happy in all aspects of your life.
2 — The alternative to being miserable in your job isn’t just to quit
Quitting could be a good option, but it’s never the only one, and it’s rarely the first one your should try. If you’re prepared to quit, you have the ultimate leverage to change your current situation. Worth a try first don’t you think?
3— You must be crystal clear about what success is for you
Most people who end up in a miserable job got there because they were chasing someone else’s definition of success. Driven people achieve stuff. Few spend enough time being clear about what their version of success is. They achieve what others think success is, not what makes them happy. That sucks.
4 — Money should not be the thing tying you to your job
Yes, you need money to live. But you probably need less of it than you use now. You can make some changes (either short term or permanent) to get by with less that you think. There are always other ways than your current job to make enough money to live.
5 — A job isn’t a battle between employer and employee
Employees who are happier do more, better work. It’s in your employers best interest for you to be happy too. Remember this!
6 — Small changes to your job can make a big difference to your happiness
And making changes to your job is rarely as hard as you think it might be. If you don’t ask, you don’t get, and if you do ask, you often do get.
7 — Employees are more valuable to their employers than they think
Replacing you would be hard, expensive and time consuming. This works is in your favour if you want to ask for a change. Remember, happier employees are more productive, a small change could make you happier and replacing you would be painful. That’s enough leverage to ask for what you want.
8 — You don’t have to quit to start something new
You can (and should) make steps towards your new goal before you quit your existing job. Your salary is great for giving you the room you need to get started. And when you have a new plan to focus on, your job often becomes more bearable. Light at the end of the tunnel and all that.
9 — Time is not the thing holding you back
We all feel like there isn’t enough time. There’s always time for something new if you prioritise it. And you can achieve a lot with a little time if you focus, and do the things that matter.
10— If you do quit, there’s always a way to use your existing experience
You don’t have to start from nothing — your skills, experience, network and know how all mean that you can create a job or a company that pays the bills. Ignore the “10 step systems to build a business”, and figure out your own way.
11—Not having a good idea is a terrible excuse to stay miserable
Have lots of ideas, even if they’re bad. Copy other peoples ideas. Try some of the “bad” ideas. You’ll find better ones along the way.
12 — If you’re waiting for something to happen, you’re making excuses
Seriously — there is no reason to wait, you can start small, but if you start now, you win.
13 — You can’t figure out your purpose in life
Not by thinking things through. No amount of coaching, blog reading, self development or personality testing can give you your purpose. You can discover it by trying things. Doing always beats thinking about doing.
14 — Jobs as we know them won’t always exist
Who knows when it’s going to happen, but it will. Freelancing, remote working, flexible hours and all kinds of things that are not mainstream today will become the norm. You can choose to wait for that, or get ahead of the curve.
15 — There is so much opportunity, there is no excuse to be miserable
There really is no excuse for sitting bemoaning your lot. This is the time in our history when there is the most opportunity for the most people. Everything you need to make a change is there. Don’t stand for you own excuses.
So, do you think the same way as me, or completely disagree? Let me know in the comments…