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Design Yourself: It’s Time to Start Rethinking the Way You Work

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Eric Termuende

How many times do you hear someone shout out “I LOVE MONDAY” as they head to work after the weekend? Probably never, at least not in recent years. The truth is that in today’s world, many people do not enjoy the jobs they spend 50+ hours a week doing.

If you asked the average person under 40 what their dream job was, they would probably answer “I want to start my own business.” And the reason why is because the average person is dissatisfied with their careers in the corporate world. We need to change this mentality. We need to rethink the way we work.

In order to find out more about this subject, I consulted Eric Termuende. Eric is the co-founder of NoW Innovations, a company leading the creation and discovery of best people practices in the workplace. He recently published a new book, Rethink Work: Finding & Keeping the Right Talent, where he takes a deep dive into the many challenges of today’s modern work environment.

Here are 3 of Eric’s top three tips for rethinking the way we work:

1. Rethink purpose

Of course, we all work for money. We all have bills to pay and mouths to feed. But we should be working on a mission at the same time. We should be doing something that we love to do. However, one of the top reasons that people hate their jobs is because their careers were built from external, rather than internal pressure.

In order to be happy at work, you have to be clear on why you are doing what you are doing. You can’t fall into the trap of doing something simply because society or those around you think you should. If you do, you will lose your identity trying to please other people. You will never live a fulfilling life if you live it for someone else.

“Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.” – Kristin Armstrong

2. Rethink productivity

People are happy when they are productive. People like to do a good job. However, all too often being productive gets confused with being busy in the corporate world. Leaders often have metrics measuring quantity rather than quality. Workers are measured on how much they put out rather than the quality of the product they put out.

In other words, most workers do not have the time to dedicate to doing a great job because they are too worried about getting products out the door quickly, no matter what the cost. This mentality leads to low job satisfaction and high employee turnover.

3. Rethink relationships

With all of the technology in the world today, employees are consistently being expected to “be at work” no matter where they are. No longer can we leave work at work. It follows us home through our mobile phones and laptop computers.

It is common to find people working 14 hours a day or more. It is hard for people to enjoy their jobs when their jobs take over their entire lives. Our identities now revolve more around what we do for a living than who we are as people. We have to achieve balance in order to be happy, which means we have to have boundaries.

We have to have meaningful relationships both inside of work and outside. If we could focus less on technology and more on relationships, the ripple effect would lead us to a more fulfilled life both in our place of work and our homes.

“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the quality of your relationships.” – Tony Robbins

It is possible to go back to a time when we didn’t dread Mondays. It is possible to look forward to going to work again. We just have to rethink the way we work, and it has to be rethought from the top down.

If you are a leader in the corporate world, take the time to rethink the way you run your team. If you do, you will reap the benefits of healthy and happy employees who will stay with you for the long haul.

How have you managed to rethink the way you work? Please leave your thoughts below!

Jennifer Spencer is a serial entrepreneur who currently serves as Head of Marketing of AppMasters.co, an app marketing agency. She is also the founder of Accelerant PR, a digital branding agency focused on helping startups write and share their stories. She is a passionate storyteller, online marketer and social media specialist.

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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