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I QUIT! – 5 Reasons to Quit Your Job

Yaya aiki!

Just the other day, my friend (and a very good friend for sure) told me about his woes at work. You know the story: “…supervisor has undisclosed issues with everything I do…doesn’t even reciprocate daily/usual courtesies … Yeah, Sochi, it’s that bad!”. The story is familiar to many of us and to stretch the list of workplace woes, we have: changing corporate culture, threats or signs of bankruptcy, irreconcilable differences with co-workers and lack of substantial work benefits. I could go on and on but, by now, you should have caught my drift. These are signboards that point to the Exit, that it’s time to pull out that resignation letter template in your drawer (we all have one)

Here are a few good reasons to move to greener pasture or start looking for one, in any case:

1.

In the words of Harvey MacKay, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Besides the ambrosia of an early morning coffee (caffeinated for me), the only other thing we love to wake up to is a job that makes us feel alive. Whatever our religious affiliations, the core of our existence is the pursuit of Purpose and our careers are supposed to be a clue to it. This is why nothing kills our morale more than a job that “takes” and never “gives.” When you find yourself dragging your feet to the office, it’s time for a change.

2.

If you feel that your job role is not commensurate to your skill, it is a sure to quit. You find yourself scratching the surface of your true potential and skills. Your job involves filing documents and filling memo templates when your core competence is designing models and managing projects – you should make this known to your employer or supervisor so that more responsibilities may be assigned to you. However, if this doesn’t change, you should look out for better opportunities out there.

3.

A change in an organization’s corporate culture can be discomfiting if you are not used to it or find it incompatible to what you are used to. Such changes that make your work environment stiff to your creativity and work flow can be daunting. If you were used to talking freely as to be on a first-name basis, it could be a big deal to now switch to a “Sir” or “Ma” relationship as dictated by a culture change. Another change that you need to consider is that which goes against your ethics. If you don’t believe in the manner that business is run, if integrity is being compromised, don’t wait to think about it, put in your paper.

4.

Study has shown that we spend an average of 15-20% of our life in the workplace and maybe even more if we do more than 60 hours per week. It only goes without saying that we spend a substantial part of our lives with our co-workers and supervisors. This makes it imminent that we have a cordial working relationship with them. If your work environment is icy and stiff, it tells on our ability to bring out our best, hence, our productive comes to a steady decline. Same applies to your relationship with your supervisor. If you are constantly being micro-managed, it shows a lack of trust and this, in turn, bears on your morale. You don’t have to wait till your self-esteem is rolled into a ball and tossed in the trash. Take the walk!

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No matter where you work, or even hope to work, it is important to look out for career advancement possibilities. If your present workplace is giving you false hope for promotions or rewards, the smart thing to do is to look for somewhere else to employ your talent and skill. Redundancy is the thief of time, same as procrastination.

You can help add to this list.

Lafia! (Well Wishes!)

“Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Harvey MacKay

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How To Stay Motivated at Work

Yaya Aiki!

More than once or twice, I’ve been asked how do I stay motivated. It can be daunting when you have a heap of to-do’s and such little time to accomplish them in. It drains you quicker than the Vampire Lestat.

When looking forward to sitting before your television set to watch an episode of my favourite show doesn’t see me through the dry hours, you know you need an arsenal of tricks or “kicks.”

1) Stay Challenged. Find a project that challenges your skill. It keeps you sharp and focused on what is important to you.

2) Prioritize. Order breeds peace of mind, I always say. So, to enjoy any task, learn to do it at the right time – in the order of important&urgent first.

3) Take Time Out. Take time out to think or recharge your creative, psychological, emotional juice. The body needs rest to reboot and perform better. When you face a block, take timeout from that task and you’ll find when you return to it, you will have acquired some fresh insight. Yup, timeout can do that.

4) Stay Ambitious. It’s perfectly healthy to be ambitious. What this means is you leave a trail of completed projects or lined up some project and plans that spell out your mission clearly. Ambition is a great motivator.

5) Reward Yourself. When you tick off an item on your to-do list score yourself some points. And at the end of the day, reward yourself. That chunk of chocolate cake you saved since Christmas will come in handy…ewwww. Just kidding.

Keeping motivated in itself can be a motivation but I’ve found “motivating others” to be my personal “kicker.” Yeah, and there’s also my soppy poems (no one has read, thank God).

Lafia!

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”
— Erica Jong, Author

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Discussion: For How Much Would You Resign From Your Present Job?

Okay, here is the question – and I really hope I get your honest opinion:

How much can I offer you to leave the job you are doing right now

I’ll be checking in on comments made here, from time to time. So…let’s have fun.

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young

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5 Career Lessons from the Movie “Inception”

Yaya Aiki, peeps!

You must be thinking, Sochi, what were you thinking when you thought up this topic? OK. First off, I must confess, I am a film buff. Secondly, you know how we riot in our heart of heart to reconcile our occupations with our pre-occupations – well, here is my dilemma: How to validate my love for great movie stories and my passion to render valid professional advice.

Ergo, 5 Career Lessons from the Movie “Inception.”

1)            Cobb: Never recreate places from your memory. Always imagine new places!

Break from the monotony. Bring a fresh breath of innovation and imagination to how you perform your tasks. Your employer cum supervisor appreciates what innovation or initiative you can bring to your job. Think, “How can I do this faster and reduce turnaround time?” A thought like this may not get you to Hollywood but it will take you to “new places” in your work life.

2)            Eames: [with Arthur in a gunfight] You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

While thinking of new qualifications to beef your resume with, there is a risk attached to thinking vertically than thinking horizontally. This is where you make career choices that don’t necessarily prove you are looking for challenge or equipped for it either. Strive to widen your skill set instead of changing the combination of skills you use on a job. Dream bigger, darling – pull out that grenade launcher from your pocket!

3)            Cobb: [From Trailer] The seed that we planted in this man’s mind may change everything.

Good thinking, Good product – we were a little younger when we heard this nugget of Japanese management thinking but it only took a few years of proven achievement before the Western Corporate world was a-flush with Japanese management theories. You have to give it that, Good thinking is infectious. Give time to think. It takes practice. Commit at least 10 – 20 minutes to thinking about new ideas. Over time, you see how it changes your world view and your perception of issues.

4)            Eames: If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination.

In all your pursuits, strive for originality. Whether it be an interview or a sales pitch, don’t settle for stereotype. Be original in your style. To be original doesn’t come with your DNA, it’s something you figure out as you go, practice new ways to express a point or answer a usual question. Find your own way of dealing with issues without losing your dignity or professionalism. Rehearse in front of your mirror every morning, listen more, speak less, try to see things from other peoples’ perspective. This makes for a more proactive and productive interaction. Sorry, Inception.

5)            Saito: Don’t you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!

If I might say myself, this piece is rather timely. As we make plans, resolve and hope for a productive and fulfilling New Year, we need to face our fears, embrace them and finally, let them go. Changing jobs, considering asking for extra responsibility, starting up a business – whatever critical choice might be, don’t be afraid – take that leap of faith. Let me sound a caveat here: When you take that leap of faith, you don’t always land from zero to hero. Life is a journey. What counts is that you start. Refuse to be crippled by your fear (now here’s an idea for a Nightmare on Elm’s Street sequel).

6)            Arthur: Quick, give me a kiss! [She kisses him and then looks around]

Ariadne: they’re still looking at us.

Arthur: Yeah, it’s worth a shot.

OK, yeah, I said I had five lessons from the movie, How come about a sixth? you may wonder. As the hopeless romantic that I am, I just love mushy lines and couldn’t stop myself from throwing these in. Enjoy.

Now that this labour of love is done, I now consider the price of my Inception movie ticket validated.

“There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life. But even those movies teach me things.” Anthonio Banderas

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