Remember your first day in a new school? Your brain was pumping with scenarios from making new friends to school lunch food. Starting a job evokes the same feelings of uneasiness. You don’t know how people will take to you. You don’t know exactly what your boss will expect of you. You probably don’t even know where the bathroom is yet. This conglomeration of worries can play on your nerves like the high-pitched squeaking of a rusty bicycle.
Yeah, you don’t know where things will take you, but that’s a part of the wonder of it. Maybe it will be the worst experience ever and you want out immediately. BUT there’s a possibility that it might become another lovely addition to your life. You can’t know until you jump into it.
Benjamin Disraeli once said, “I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.”
Go into this opportunity hopeful, but with realistic attitudes.
*For simplicity’s sake, I use the word “office”. This symbolizes the people in the business, not necessarily a brick and mortar building.
You walk in with the hopes of a new first grader. Excited. Ready-to-learn. Most of all, unknowing. But hey, the learning curve can’t be too hard. You can draw on your previous experiences to conquer all obstacles! You got this in the bag… or at least you think you do.
“Wow, did I really spend 7 hours trying to learn this and still get it wrong?”
Sometimes what you end up doing and the job description don’t exactly line up. Office Manager may include more coffee trips than you thought. Who knew this new marketing position would require this much writing? The band aid gets ripped off eventually. Nothing ever matches our expectations verbatim, that’s why you have to manage yourself.
We all have this inner fantasy that we will genuinely enjoy every person in the office. You imagine yourself as the life of the party at the office party. Everyone gets a kick out of your irreplaceable humor and looks up to your unparalleled style.
The top one seems a little far-fetched because, if you remember, there was always one person on the playground you didn’t vibe with in school. You might even realize that there might be established office friend circles. Circles that spew out inside jokes, creating the barrier between you and them.
You finally have a job. You’ll be makin’ it rain with all the dough you’ll be hauling in. Get ready for fast cars and lobster every night!
While it is wonderful to have an income, it might not be as much as you were expecting. Once the rent, electric, water, gas, phone, insurance, car, Netflix, and loan payments are all paid, your checking account looks as sad as a sea toad.
Every person must take a leap of opportunity at some point or another. The jump can be exhilarating and nerve racking at the same time. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities that you will make it work. Just remember to keep your expectations in check.
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