Wednesday, April 25, 2007

hang on to where you want to go

in this fast changing world, we change our jobs, systems and boyfriends like no body business. if you have an organization of your own, you will know that change is good but too much change is not exactly good. change because there is a flaw in the system is necessary but change because there is a minor problem that is giving up. ppl always take a while to adapt to change, thus if it happens too frequently ppl will give up trying to embrace your vision. allow my paraphrase, letting go of a relationship everytime you face an issue will not bring you anywhere. the next thing you know you will face the same problem with the next guy, or the following. i know what i am saying. having say that how do we look at this mundane job of ours and make sense out of it.

job – noun
a piece of work, esp. a specific task done as part of the routine of one's occupation or for an agreed price


how should we choose our job?
- most of us do what we are good at
- some of us do what someone dear to us are good at
- some of us do what we study
- some of us don't choose at all, we just do whatever land on our plate
- some of us do what we like to do

bearing in mind something-we-are-good-at is not necessary something-we-like-to-do and same vice versa. of course it will be heaven when the two kiss each other. this is how i end up where i am.

how do i choose a job?
- what i like to do: wedding and events planner, styling, doing publication
- what i am good at with qualification: publication (design) even though i am beginning to get opportunity to do styling these days
- which company is better depends on your current goals:
the pros and cons
small firm: 'one leg kick' means 'work like a dog' but it allows you to learn the whole process of the industry if your future plan is to run your own business. even not you will definitely have the edge when you work in a bigger company to understand how the job flow. so that you don't sound like an ass when you screw ppl and don't even know what you are talking about. most ppl start their first job here and will stay for only 1-2 years, unless your life objective is to get a bit of extra income and kill some time. those auntie normally works very slow and has the capability to ignore the word 'urgent'.
big firm: some lucky dude will end up here immediately, thus they need to be in the industry for about 5 years to really know the industry. reason being big firm train you to be good in one area, it is ppl you liase with throughout the years that gives you the knowledge of the industry. they normally have a system that works, so all you need to do is master it. perks are normally better. reason for moving to another firm will be: salary, working hours, working environment, politics, better prospects. depends what is your drive.
freelancer: when you want to still enjoy what you like to do without pressure. previous statement more for a person that wants to enjoy life and only survive, sadly i belong to this category with many dying artist––people that suffer for passion. another category are ppl that come to their sense that they do most of the works but are being paid like peanuts, it doesn't take them very long to figure out they can do without the slave driver. this is very much though for those that thinks they had really know their industry.
your own firm: when your clients' jobs exceed your capability. when the money is too much for you spent alone, kidding i mean when bringing in another will help you make more. a very good long term plan to turn the table around and make other ppl bring the money to you.

how do i know i am not cut for my industry at all?
- when you realised you never like what you do
- when you realised you will never get to where you want be if you stay in this industry
- when you realised you cannot do what you are doing your whole life

if any of the above are your answer then better master another industry while you are still young. but if it is because the job is tough and it is stretching you. chin up, press on a little. you will be surprise to know how much more you can do. even though everyday seems like pure mundane that will never come to an end. know that every sweat you drop right now will work for you one day. this phase of life is in the biography of every successful man.

"more than anything, i wanted Bill's Presidency to succeed. I believed in him and his hopes for the nation's future. i also knew i wanted to be a helpful partner for him and an effective advocate for the issues i had cared about throughout my life. i just didn't know how i was going to get there from here." hillary rodham clinton

there might be times we do not know the how but it doesn't matter, stay a while longer the how might appear sooner than you think. just make sure you know where you are heading, if not your how might appear without you realising it.

10 comments:

Bijoy said...

Nice post, its a really cool blog that you have here, keep up the good work, will be back.

Warm Regards

Biby Cletus - Blog

Anonymous said...

how do i know i am not cut for my industry at all?
- when you realised you never like what you do
- when you realised you will never get to where you want be if you stay in this industry
- when you realised you cannot do what you are doing your whole life

I actually fit in all of these points. Thanks for posting, Yen. :)

Sara said...

Very true...good post :)

Sam said...

Amazingly intentional.

Proof of brilliance.

Kudos.



d=)

chaiyen said...

jon, just remember don't mix up "don't like what you do" with the company. in a way you need to first think then what you like to do.

hi sara, you are still reading. thanks.

sam, intentional? reflecting about my life as i share with another :)

deJelly said...

the 'art' industry runs on passion and cash...
without one.. very hard to jalan..

and sometimes clients tend to cut of the passion part...

said...

how should we choose our job?
- most of us do what we are good at
- some of us do what someone dear to us are good at
- some of us do what we study
- some of us don't choose at all, we just do whatever land on our plate
- some of us do what we like to do
----------------------------------
i think most of us don't choose/dunno what we want/good at. big number of us do what we study (which in the first place may not be what we like/good at), and very few of us do what we are good at/passionate about.

I blogged about worklife recently just a while before ur post too, hehe

Anonymous said...

i juz thank God that I'm doing something that I like to do and am good at doing. (and it pays well too...heh) It's His grace. =)

Alvin

chaiyen said...

basically what you study ought to be your interest in the first place. after a while you will think that you are good in the field, your knowledge of the subject gives you a fake impression. actually it is more like that is the only thing you know.

yup, alvin is doing what he is good at and loves to do and it pays well. bingo...

but too bad jelly passion and money rally run hand in hand especially in art. either you go for the money which means pleasing client or you go for the art which means you choose your client.

Sara said...

hehhe...wow, you still remember me! Just wanna say hi and i felt your blog spoke to me cos I'm doing a career move myself. :)

Feel free to check out my blog...haha wish i was as hardworking as you to blog daily!