I had some pretty cool jobs in my former career – special effects developer, European internet consultant, and others. And then I joined a well known global corporation but while the job sounded very impressive I wasn’t happy.
Part of the problem was the people. Nothing wrong with them, many of them were very smart. They just weren’t my kind of people. They were just too straight for me. I’d been used to funky informal little startups full of creative people and suddenly I was surrounded by people in suits working diligently trying to get onto the partner track.
I quit after just a year and went to work for myself.
Fast forward to today…
I had a realisation this week: that I really love the kind of people I have in my life today. Without any deliberate planning I have ended up surrounded by people who are all creative and entrepreneurial. All of them make a living without a job.
And my friends and colleagues are people who make their own rules for life – they’re ‘players’ in my sense of the word. They don’t worry about following social or work norms just for the sake of it. They’re into travel and art and interesting events. They all do work they care about and they have fascinating passion projects outside of their work. And as a result I’m always learning something new from them. I feel very lucky.
So if you’re currently in a job or work situation where the people just aren’t your kind of people, take action to get into into the peer group or social circle you’d really enjoy.
Ditch the boring people and go find your people! Get inspired, get excited and get support. Your life will be radically better for it.
That’s one of the things that surprises people most about doing my programmes like The Screw Work Let’s Play 30 Day Challenge – you’re finally surrounded by your kind of people. It’s like coming home.
So what can you do today to find your people?
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