“Don’t be angry, don’t be sad, and don’t sit cryin’ over good times you’ve had.”
We have heard it many times over the years, the all to common theme “there must be something better out there.” At no time has it been more pronounced than in recent months. Call it dissatisfaction with reduced income potential or earning, increased pressures and expectations, forced or preceived needs to change fields, firms or roles. Many have felt that their current role is lacking, that there are better options. However, these are anything but normal times, and maybe it is wise to remember that the grass is not always greener elsewhere, that the past might not have been that great – holding what you have and maximizing the opportunity at hand might just be the right move.
How much is missed by the never ending pursuit of what might be next? Of course there is a time and place for moving on, for turning the page, for searching out “the next great job”. Owning your career and professional growth is critical and something that you must always manage. However, being in a constant state of wonder about what might have been, or what might be, is not a foundation on which success is built.
The time, energy, and above all opportunity cost of being in a constant state of interviewing demands payment. In the end, that source of payment is drawn from either your current employer, your professional reputation, or from time with your family. There is only a finite amount of times one can go to the well – eventually the cost becomes unsustainable.
We have said it many times before – interviewing and finding the right opportunity is very similar to dating and getting married. Eventually you have “played the field” too much, your reputation as a “player” preceeds you. In the professionl world being a job hopper is still a flag. In the good times being “diversivied” or “well rounded” were somewhat accepted. Now it is all about minimizing risk, and a lack of consistency and sustained superior performance is a concern no matter how you might “explain” it.
In the final analysis maybe, just maybe it is worth knuckling down and giving your current job/career focused attention and commitment – they are paying you after all. It might not be as bad as you think it is, the past might not have been as great as you remember, and everyone else might not have it quite as good now. Some even say hard work and performance is still rewarded. Give it a shot. Stop worrying about everyone else’s yard and tend to your own – you might find things get better.