Your office probably has at least one Frank Underwood type. This means you should arm yourself against office politics. Most people hate office politics, but if we want to move up the chain in an organization, we have to learn how to deal with people who have bad intentions.
What’s your strategy for dealing with email? For many years, I didn’t have one. I simply checked my email all day long. It reminds me of a quote from Seneca’s book, On The Shortness Of Life:
“We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.”
What is the first thing you do when you started working this morning? Chances are high you checked your email. Most people let their agenda schedule their day.
Email is nothing more than someone asking for your time; do not let them steal your time by immediately responding to emails. Before you realize it, you are working on other people’s schedules.
A lot of people currently have work they never thought they would have. Often, money is the reason you take a job you are not passionate about (I’ve done this as well). For example, a lot of graduates take jobs in sales because it pays well. With many growing tech companies, you can earn six figures as a salesperson. 25 year-olds are making that type of money right now.
While money is wonderful and will make you happier when you go from zero to 50K, it will not bring you lasting happiness. Studies have shown that money and happiness do not go hand in hand. When you make 10 million dollars instead of 1 million dollars, you are not happier.
Throughout the years, we have to make important decisions in life. But instead of choosing consciously, we just pick the things that are convenient or seem like the logical thing to do. You take a job you don’t like because you need the money, and before you know, that will be your career. The same thing happens with choosing your partner—many people decide to marry because they are together for so long. Instead of making decisions based on their beliefs or standards, they go for what is convenient and don’t require much effort. Often, people mistake easy decisions with gut feeling. Convenient decisions usually go against your gut feeling—deep down you know it’s not the right decision.