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Let’s Stop Feeling Ashamed About Our Jobs! (Here’s How)

It’s inevitable, isn’t it? When you meet someone, the conversation always makes a stop by your work.

You feel it coming from the moment you first learn someone’s name: “So, what do you do?”

A lot of us really hate this questions.  How do you feel about it?  If you have any ounce of struggle with your job or dissonance between what you do and who you are, you likely don’t care for that question.

When we do work that is congruent with our identity and values, it’s easy and fun to talk about. But if it’s not something we believe in 100%, there can be awkward feelings of shame or embarrassment around it.

If you’ve ever had a job that you weren’t in love with, I have something to say to you:

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Why Failure is Necessary

Suspenseful movies aren’t my first choice, but I enjoy a good one now and then.

I remember the first time I saw M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Signs, back in college. In the early 2000’s Shyamalan was a master of suspense. He knew how to use your fear against you. I have no idea what I’d think of the movie today, but I remember being on the edge of my seat. There were these Aliens in the movie that were attacking people. It was really scary!

Until you saw the creature. I remember thinking, “well… that thing is kind of silly looking” And the movie lost its edge.

Up until that point, the monsters were always off screen— leaving their horror up to your imagination.

This is a trick that all good suspense films utilize: if the scary thing is off screen, the viewer’s imagination will inflate and magnify it. When you actually see and experience the thing, it’s not that bad.

Most of the fear we deal with has to do with some version of failure. We have a worst case scenario in our mind and at its worst, our fear makes us feel as though it will happen.

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Why Confronting Your Fear Creates Your Best Work

I have a friend who was preparing for the Navy SEALS bootcamp. It’s the most extreme and intense bootcamp in the military that serves as a vetting tool, ensuring that only the toughest and strongest applicants become full fledged Navy SEALS. It’s a brutal.

Two of the main tools used to weed people out is water and cold. Teams of SEAL hopefuls spend long hours on the verge of hypothermia.

Not my idea of a good time.

One of the things he did to prepare was to only take cold showers in order to get used to the cold and wet. He would shiver in the shock of cold every day.

After weeks of this, I asked him if it’s gotten any easier. His answer, “no. It’s always hard.”

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Stay in The Tension

Every meaningful pursuit has one thing in common: the tension.

The tension between where you want to go, and where you are right now.  Between the time you need and the time you have.  Between what makes money and what makes meaning.  And on and on.

It takes on many forms, but the way you address it is always the same.

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Write Your Manifesto (here’s how)

- - Courage, Tools, Work

A manifesto is a public declaration of your intentions. It’s a simple articulation of what you believe and a vision of the world that you wish to create.

Whether you realize it or not, some of the speeches and documents that have most shaped the world could be called manifestos:

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech casts a vision of the world the MLK spent his life working to create.

The Declaration of Independence is an articulation of what the founders of the United States believed about humanity, and their intention to be free from outside rule.

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