Hiring manager: “Congratulations, you’re hired. Starting pay is 30k, but it can go up to 90k later.”
Me: “Alright, then I’ll come back later.”
Lame joke, you say?
Sure, you can call it lame. You’re free to do so. Before you do though, make sure you’re not behaving the exact same way in your own career.
If you’re like most people, you go well out of your way to make sure you and your entire home embody that spirit of light, warmth, peace, and generosity that characterizes this most wonderful time of the year.
And right you are to do so.
Because if you’re any older than twelve, you likely understand that Christmas is not just about receiving; getting gifts and consuming food; but about giving and sharing.
I have a distant family member who is absolutely brilliant. Reads everything there is to read. Possesses encyclopedic knowledge on pretty much any subject.
Every now and then, he develops a random interest in something, and then keeps reading about it until he thoroughly understands it in its entirety.
And then? Nothing.
“Stop comparing yourself to others!”
Chances are somebody has given you this advice at some point in your life.
But how are you supposed to stop comparing yourself to others when you’re on the job hunt?
Isn’t that exactly what all these companies are doing? Comparing you to the other applicants to see who’s the best?
Tribe? Are we going to lecture you about the world being too individualistic, and that selfish you should do what's best for the group, for a change?
Not at all.
We want you to be an individual in control of your own destiny. But that doesn’t mean that you always have to do everything alone!
The biggest fear of job seekers is that they won't find a job. The biggest fear of currently employed people is that their job will be automated away. Funny enough, the cure for both of these is the same: be more human.
Over the last hundred years, countless studies have been conducted in order to find out what causes depression, and other mental health issues. One of the more interesting ones was done on a bunch of rodents who had a shower installed in their cage, together with a button.