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Three Ways to Let Go of What You Hate About Your Job

noIf you hate aspects of your job, you’re not alone but this piece on Forbes inspired us to think more about the topic.

Kathy Caprino writes in the piece, “How can we let go of work we dislike? Many say, ‘Sure Kathy, that idea is all well and good, but I have three mouths to feed and I can’t just quit this job.’”

Although many of us can’t just tell our bosses to take this job and shove it, but she points out we can look at our own jobs in a new light. “We can begin to understand what we do fantastically well, and love engaging in, and identify new opportunities to be of use in ways we love — even at our current jobs.”

Here are three ways to let go of what you hate in order to open the floodgates to let more of the goodness pour in. Read more

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How to Get Employers to Create a Job for You

job-interviewThis piece on AOL Jobs made our head turns in a very good way. After all, job seekers often search for jobs that are out there but why not flip it upside down and show your worth and value so a company can create a position for you? Genius, right? Even better if you’re internal because you can already show off your dazzling skills to your current employer for them to find a fit for you somewhere else.

Yes, we know this is a little perfect worldish and we’re perfectly fine with being idealists! Think of it this way, as Miriam Salpeter points out in the piece, more companies are becoming freelance-focused on project-oriented work for temporary or long-term temporary solutions.

She writes, “It is very possible that you can market your skills to a decision-maker at a company who faces challenges in order to land a job that he or she will create just for you.” Read more

Author of ‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You’ Explains Currency of Passion

You know how people frequently say to follow your passion? Well, what if you don’t have one? Better yet, what if your skills are stronger than your passion?

According to Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, people who love what they do actually started out by honing a skill that’s “rare and valuable.”

He explains to The New York Post, “That’s the foundation on which most passionate careers are built. My advice is focus on doing something really well, and the passion will follow.”

So, how can you focus on doing something really well? The equation is quite simple. He recommends choosing a field that seems interesting. Instead of the full on pressure of finding your true calling or dharma, he boils it down to a coin toss.

“If there are five, flip a coin. Once you have that, study the stars in your field. Identify what they do that is valuable — what other people can’t do. Then you can choose which [skill] appeals to you most or that you have the best shot of being able to cultivate.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, how can you get really good at it? He points out that hard work alone isn’t going to pave the way. Instead, look at professional athletes, musicians or chess players; people who “stretch their abilities by using what psychologists call deliberate practice.”

Yes, this means forging outside the comfort zone and pushing yourself beyond the point that feels comfortable. He adds in the piece, “It’s not fun, but it can be deeply satisfying. Most people in a knowledge-work position avoid this type of discomfort.”