Is ‘Employment Purgatory’ Keeping You From Your Dreams?

A week or two ago, I came across this Forbes Article, which led me to this video clip:

I could easily relate to the concept of ’employment purgatory’, because I see it all the time; in my own life, as well as with friends and co-workers whom I know to be incredibly smart, talented and competent. We want to chase a dream: pursue an international graduate degree, change careers, start a business, join a non-profit, or do something else that we find exciting and fulfilling. Unfortunately, there is a little snag; we already have a good thing going, usually in the form of a current job. Most people we know will ‘give their right arm’ to be in our current scenario, and so we become a little anxious about leaving this enviable position for – as a friend of mine calls it – an experiment.

All this is very valid thinking, but there is one more question. Are you already in your worse case scenario? Could it be possible that your current situation, no matter how good it looks to others, is the worst place you could be in right now? If the answer to this is yes, then boom! You are in employment purgatory. You don’t like your current situation, but you don’t hate it enough to do something about it.

So what is the way forward? Well, I believe that every person’s situation is unique, and the decision to experiment will make more sense for some than others. One thing I know is this: if you are already in your worse case scenario, you might as well take a risk. What’s the worst that could happen if you fail? You most likely will be able to get your old job back. Most companies will welcome their rock-star employees back with open arms. 🙂

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