How To Derive Meaning From Even The Most Boring Job

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As a mentor in a corporate program to help young graduates find jobs, I learned valuable lessons about myself and my own career path as I counseled others.
One of the biggest lessons I learned is to find meaning in any job we do, no matter what it is.
And contrary to what some experts may say, there is no such thing as a disjointed or illogical career path.
No doubt many of us have had to do seemingly uninteresting jobs in our lives in order to bring home an extra paycheck, put ourselves through school, or get us through a rough patch.
Often when we have to do jobs that are not related to what we tell ourselves that we should be doing, we tend to go through the motions rather than truly seeing its value and getting the most out of it while we're there.
Even though a job can seem boring and dead-end according to our own judgement of it, it can have hidden treasures.
Sometimes we forget to live truly in the present moment and see everything that is around us.
We miss out on hidden opportunities because we put labels on things.
Bob Proctor suggests opening our awareness to see opportunities.
If we were to look back on our lives and on times we labelled as difficult we can see things that we could have done or could have appreciated.
I suggest we do this now with any so-called boring job we happen to have at the moment.
There's nothing worse than saying " I could have" or "I should have".
A front-desk job at a hotel can put you in contact with interesting people and teach valuable interpersonal skills.
Being a waitress can teach you techniques for setting a table, entertaining, and networking, as well as put you in contact with interesting people and other lifestyles and choices.
Being a nurse's aid in a nursing home teaches you compassion, patience and how to take care of others.
Over the years I have been a waitress, a nurse's aid, a travel agent, a telemarketer, a cashier, a switchboard operator, a factory worker and a cemetery worker and a I must say that I didn't always appreciate where I was at the time.
But when I look back I can see now that everything I have done, all of the different hats that I have worn have served me to this day.
I wouldn't trade any of it now.
The jobs we are called upon to do in life, as well as the people we are called upon to meet, are no accident.
They come to us because we have something to learn, something to develop in ourselves.
Every single job I have had has taught me valuable skills that I use today.
I see clearly today how everything integrates into who I am and my current skill set.
You too can take a seemingly disjointed career path and find a thread of coherence that you can use to your advantage in a job interview or simply for your own meaning.
Take the time to derive meaning from every job you have held and everything you are doing now.
Look around you and take notice of the people you are with and the skills you are developing.
Write them down, make a list of them.
They are precious, and you may never get them back again.
Go out and make it a great day! Katherine
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