Did you know there are a million ways to build a fulfilling, rewarding work life?
There is no “one right way” to do it, and it really depends on how you operate.
Example: For years, I racked my brain about why I didn’t enjoy my work in any way.
I worked in advertising, and I felt so lazy compared to my colleagues, who could work late nights without getting bored or frustrated.
I felt exhausted working 9 am – 6 pm every day. After my hour-plus commute every day, I couldn’t function!
Hearing about my colleagues going to concerts after work (or even cooking themselves dinner after work) made me feel like they were heroes. I was passed out on the couch watching Law & Order every night.
These days, I accept that I simply can’t work a lot of hours every day. That I don’t function “like that.” That I need my down time in order to be productive.
And I’ve built my work life around this fact.
(And if you think "no one WANTS to operate like that, but life is tough, so just keep working" you're wrong. Some people actually love working for hours and hours and hours.)
There is so much advice out there about what you “need to do” to create a rewarding career. This can make it hard to stand in your power and remember that you can succeed in your way, based on your personality and preferences.
Today, I wanted to take a stand for accepting who we are at our core and building a productive work life based on that.