☀️Summer, Dream Jobs & Pregnancy
Hey friends, It's been quite some time since my last letter to you. There were a lot of things that have changed in the past period, and I even got a bit anxious! I had no idea what to do. So I took a holiday. The sunshine and great scenery are what motivated me to keep going forward. Today I want to share a few thoughts about finding a dream job with you and a personal update.
Tap dance to work “Were you excited to work every day last week? Did you have a chance to use your strengths every day? At work, do you get a chance to do what you’re good at and something you love?” I read these three questions from a recent HBR article “Designing work that people love” by Marcus Buckingham. I think they are exactly the right questions to ask. And these three questions help to clarify WHAT IS A DREAM JOB. I once watched a documentary about Warren Buffett. What amazed me the most was not how rich, wise, or modest he is. But that he mentioned that he tap dances to work. That was a mind-blow moment for me. Having your dream job is not mission impossible. “You might know when you in love with another person, your brain-chemistry changes.” That’s similar for work. “ADPRI data on engagement shows that peole who find love, strength, job, and excitement in what they do each day are far more likely to be productive, to stay at the company longer than others do, and to sustain themselves in the face of life’s inevitable challenges.” Before you land your dream job, you need to know what you are looking for. After all, if you don’t know what you are looking for you’ll never find it. Now, take a moment and ask yourself— What is the key thing that will make you tap dance to work?
The starting point of my personal next stage Yes, I am pregnant. The moment I realize that I got pregnant, I was trying to use project management methodology to handle my future baby as a "new project". Soon I realized, there is no way I can use project management to deal with my new challenge. As there is no clear "project scope". There are no two pregnant women experiencing exactly the same. That means the scope is diverse, highly individualized, and changeable. I guess it is easier for people to get anxious when they don't know what they are facing, and don't know how to handle it. It took me almost 1 month to accept this continuous "changing" situation. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy about having a baby. Just the process scares me a little. That's why I consulted people who went through it before, and who know all about the process (midwives). This helped me a lot. I guess I am just one of the billions of women who will experience baby delivery. If others can make it, so do I. The reason I want to share my personal situation with you is that I see similar anxiety in a lot of job-seekers. And anxiety will not help to face the situation but make it worse. If other people can make it, so do YOU. *PS: if you have any tips about pregnancy or baby education, please share them with me. **PPS: I'm still helping people to provide free career consultations. So don't worry if you need help and want to reach out to me.
Best of luck in your career!