Your Time Is Rented | Career Angles

I was speaking with someone yesterday who is going to appear on my YouTube channel and podcast in the next week or so. We were talking about what it’s like to be a new employee and starting your job well.

He spoke about how quickly new hires become disappointed in their role and I talked about the statistics that say employers become disappointed in their new hire just as quickly. It’s like getting married after a short romance. Everything went well on the first few dates but when you get married and are committed for the long haul, suddenly you see the blemishes and bad behavior and are repulsed.

I know I’ve changed jobs and join new organizations, I was hopeful that this was the one. After all, everyone was so nice on the interviews, the office seemed attractive and the owners friendly. I would join and discover the problems and try to make the best of it.

I didn’t acknowledge the problems or get help. I tried to tough it out and would do so for many years.

It worked financially but not emotionally.

On some level, I knew I wasn’t going to stay. On another, I tried to ignore what was bothering me.

People would come and people would go. They will be replaced at the desk and the firm would continue. Their time is rented there. My time is rented there. I was disposable, a commodity, and as indispensable as you may believe you are, you’re deluding yourself to believe that if you are hit by a truck tomorrow a few days later there wouldn’t be someone else at your desk.

Your job is to use your precious life well given the finite amount of time you will have or how long it will last. 

You may think it’s a joke at work to commit effort to excellence. “After all, they don’t really care,” you may rationalize to yourself.

Who are you kidding? A lifetime is not a long time and you are not immortal. What do you want to be doing and who do you want to be between now and your inevitable conclusion?



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff 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 #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.Career Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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