Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 42
DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE
DOING A JOB THAT BORES
YOU, SAYS JAMES CAAN
LOOK FOR PURPOSE
And yet, I meet so many people who have
grown up to become unhappy at work,
people who are working in jobs they hate
just to pay the bills. Of course sometimes
that is unavoidable, but even in those
situations you should always be working
towards something more fulfilling that
excites you and gives you purpose.
A life without purpose is no life at
all. We spend so much time at work,
we owe it to ourselves to ensure it's
rewarding and strengthening in
some way. It's really important we
are always challenging ourselves -
and being stuck doing something
we dread doesn't assist this.
We live in a noisy world and it's
essential you have your say and make
your ideas heard. This is what makes
good leaders great. A willingness to
share your ideas and an eagerness to
make yourself heard is - and always
will be - the most important thing.
KNOW YOUR DESIRES
This may be a naïve way to look at life
and, of course, it's easier said than
done (especially coming from me). But
I built my success from nothing but a
determination to do something new
and an innate desire to own something.
I didn't know those desires would
lead to recruitment - I just knew
I wanted to start my own business
because I saw my father enjoying it
and wanted that happiness in my life.
If you're sat at work wishing
you were anywhere else, ask
yourself these two questions:
What am I doing here?
Many people are reluctant to quit
their jobs because they haven't figured
out what they really want to do. This
is flawed. The more time you spend
where you are, the more negative
you will become, the more ingrained
in the business you'll find yourself
and the harder it will be to leave.
What happens when you quit a job
you hate? Your next step becomes an
urgency. Your search for your passion
becomes your main priority and all
your energy is invested into finding
something that is nothing like the
position you've just left. It may be
risky, but it's a powerful experience.
How inquisitive am I?
Too many people rely on a job being
available before doing anything about it.
But if you like a particular brand or you
feel you could fit in well with a business
you're familiar with, get in touch.
I know this isn't the normal thing to
do, but who cares? If you can convince
an employer you have something they
need, there's no way they'll let you go.
Tap into your personal interests and
trust your curiosity. This way, you're
more likely to end up somewhere
that coincides with who you are. I
loved talking to people - that's why
I started a recruitment business. It's
that simple. I knew I was good at
it and I wanted to start something
myself, so I put the two together
and created Alexander Mann.
Never limit your decision to
external factors such as money,
stature or convenience. Do something
you love. And if that makes you
naïve, so what? Join the club!
Photography: Will Ireland
e all want to be
The good news is,
we already are. No
two people are the
same - we were
born different and
our individual experiences and culture
have shaped who we've become.
But why is everyone so obsessed
with standing out from the crowd?
Mainly, it's because people want to
feel they're special. It doesn't make
you a narcissist - it's just a fact of life.
We can express our individuality in
many ways, and it's these expressions
that enable us to "find ourselves",
however clichéd that may sound.
One of these, when we're growing
up, is wondering what we'll do "when
we're older". We're encouraged to
explore our options, to find out what
we enjoy and to find our passion.
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