You May Be a Workaholic if...Written by Scott Brown
We usually write about improving your resume, making an impression at interview, and landing perfect job. However, this week’s topic is about dangers of overdoing it. We all want to have a great career and a satisfying life, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with taking pride in your work and putting extra time into your job. But if extra focus you put on work is having a negative effect on how much you can enjoy life, you could be a workaholic!
I work hard, but am I a workaholic?
Just because you work hard, it doesn’t mean you’re a workaholic. If you love your job and enjoy time you spend working, there’s nothing wrong with that. But if your commitment to your job is coming at expense of other important things in your life, you may want to look for ways to regain some balance. Here are some things to look out for:
-You find yourself canceling things in your schedule that aren’t work related.
-You bring your work everywhere, and it’s always on your mind. You sometimes stay awake worrying about work next day.
-When you get out to social functions or get together with family and friends, you find yourself talking about work more than anything else.
Don’t get me wrong. Your career is and should always be a large part of your adult life. Your career is part of your identity and who you are as a person, but it shouldn’t be only part of who you are. Remember that you’re working in order to live a comfortable life. If you don’t have time for a life outside of work, you’re not truly living! Especially if you’re working in order to provide a better life for your family, spending time with them too will keep you motivated at work and make you more productive in both aspects of your life.
What is Failure Anyway?Written by Nan S. Russell
Does it surprise you that only 400 cokes were sold first year; Albert Einstein's Ph.D. dissertation was rejected; Henry Ford had two bankruptcies before his famous success; or Ulysses S. Grant was working as a handyman, written off as a failure, eight years before becoming President of United States?
Rodin couldn't get into art school on three occasions yet became a great sculptor; Abraham Lincoln lost seven elections before winning Presidency; Babe Ruth stuck out 1,330 times in route to hitting 714 home runs; and Oprah Winfrey publicly failed several diet attempts before becoming an inspiration for looking great after fifty.
Setbacks, disappoints, rejections and unsuccessful attempts were not failures to these people. They were steps to their success. That's difference between people who are winning at working and people who aren't. How you deal with your setbacks (big or small) will determine your results. You see, failure is not lack of success. Failure is staying down when you trip or stumble. It's giving up, checking out, or shutting down.
I wasn't a failure when I was fired from my first professional job, although for awhile I felt like one, and I could have been if I'd lost my confidence and given up on my career aspirations. I wasn't a failure when I was passed over for a coveted promotion I'd worked years for, but I could have been if I'd let that setback determine my future. And I wasn't a failure every time I pitched an idea that got turned down, but I could have been if I'd stopped pitching ideas.