The Thrill Is Gone |

Inspired by the BB King song, I talk about how to recognize the danger signs that the thrill is gone

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I've been coaching people and helping organizations hire staff for more than 40 years now. This is a video was inspired by the old BB King song, I'm going to spare you my singing, I don't have the high register I once did.

But there's a day that you wake up. and you notice that the thrill is gone about finding work. Actually, the thrill is gone about doing your work. You're coming into the office, and you notice that it's a job, a J O B, with all the bad connotations to it.

And you feel like dead. There's a dead feeling within you. And you notice that you haven't had fun, not just simply in your work life, but in your personal life for a long time. Where did the thrill go? Where did the enjoyment go after all this time. How did it go away?

Well, "The how," to me, is less important than you start playing the big game of life a lot better, and start to have fun again. Yeah, fun, basically, can involve immersion in your environment, and taking the risks associated with it. And, frankly, if you don't think that this is an environment where that will work, you need to leave to get back that the joy and the heart space again, because, otherwise, all you're doing is going through this mundane existence.

You see, management should be creating an atmosphere where they seem to care about people, where there's fun amongst the staff, where there's the feeling of working with friends. But, at the same time, there's the belief that everyone is working toward a common purpose. There's meaning in the work. And, yes, the firm is making money, where people have a pride in their organization, and they feel like they're being treated fairly.

You know, for me, I worked at one agency, where the owner was absolutely bizarre. And, you know, everyone basically kept their heads down in fear of that one day he would have the tantrum and be invited into his office to be fired. It happened all the time. It was bizarre, and it just propels a culture of fear that you don't need in order to feel like you have autonomy to do the job.

You want to feel like, at the end of the day, you get praised, fairly compensated and find meaning and receive support for management. There's no reason to tolerate it in this life; you can change it. That feeling that you have been dead is not the normal. And, if it is for everyone in your circle, it's a mistake to be in that circle. You need to go to places where people have the love of what they do, and the thrill of life and that will help inspire you, and you will inspire others.

I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful. My website is There's a lot there that you can watch, listen to, read . . . are going to help you a lot of different ways. Thisone happened to be about the workplace. I'll simply say, if you're interested in coaching from me, I'd love to support you in making that next step.

Reach out to me. Again, there's info at the site. You can also email me at That's Have a great day.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1No BS Coaching Advice podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on for Apple TV and 90+ smartsets.

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