Author Laurie Ruettimann used to make a six-figure salary flying city-to-city firing people for Pfizer, and now she has a message to anyone putting their job over their own health and happiness like she did for years. Stop. In her new book,“Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career,”Ruettimann has laid out what it will take for you to start feeling happy at work again and none of her advice includes quitting your job, settling for a smaller paycheck, or start your own business. Here’s some of what she does recommend:
- Get Back Your Balance.Ruettimann says “it’s hard to get fired in America” and she challenges you to take on your fear of getting let go for the next 30 days. “Schedule your working hours and time off, and stick to it. When you work, demonstrate the best work ethic ever. When you’re off, be off.” If all goes well, at the end of the month you’ll still have a job and have taken some of your life back.
- Predict Failure.Maybe the problem with your job is that you’re not thinking about failure enough. According to Ruettimann, before we do anything at work we should ask ourselves ‘How will this go wrong?’ Make a list and then “proactively try to fix those things before they go wrong.”Can’t be disappointed by mistakes if you don’t make them right?
- Treat Yourself.Work will feel better if you’re working towards something. This is why Ruettimann recommends you “start budgeting for a post-pandemic vacation, a new car, or even just a day off where you indulge in the activities you love.” Whether your financial goal is big or small, the important part is that you have one.
- Expand your mind.Don’t wait for someone else to challenge you at work,challenge yourself. Ruettimann says if you take just 15 minutes a day to learn something new you’ll start growing, feel less bored, and in turn, stop being so unhappy.And if not, at least you’ll have a bunch of new cool skills to add to your resume for your next gig.
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