I was listening to Mike and Mike on the radio a few Mondays ago and Mike Greenberg was returning on a Monday morning after being gone for a week’s vacation. He mentioned that he was happy to return to work and looked forward to it. Not that he didn’t enjoy vacation, but he likes his job and said he was thankful that he didn’t have a job that he dreaded returning to after time off.
That’s how I feel, and it’s how I’ve tried to pick my jobs over the last decade or so. That wasn’t always the case, and early in my career I picked jobs that would be good for me growth and development, would pay me more, or provide some exciting challenge. I was willing to put up with long hours, or lots of demands from the company. I even took jobs with people that I didn’t like, or wouldn’t bother to ever socialize with.
These days I feel differently, and the advice that I’ve given to people lately is “Don’t take a crappy job.” You can define that however you like, but I’d really think hard about whether you’d look forward to going to work. Whether it’s the people you want to meet or the challenges of doing the work you do, I hope that you do look ahead positively and not with trepidation.
Life is short, and remember that when you pick the place and position where you’ll spend a lot of time in the future.